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     My heart hath leaped to answer thine,
And echo back thy words,
     As leaps the warrior's at the shine
And flash of kindred swords!

They tell me thou art rash and vain,
     A searcher after fame;
That thou art striving but to gain
     A long-enduring name;
That thou hast nerved the Afric's hand
     And steeled the Afric's heart,
To shake aloft his vengeful brand,
     And rend his chain apart.

Have I not known thee well, and read
     Thy mighty purpose long?
And watched the trials which have made
     Thy human spirit strong?
And shall the slanderer's demon breath
     Avail with one like me,
To dim the sunshine of my faith
     And earnest trust in thee?

Go on, the dagger's point may glare
     Amid thy pathway's gloom;
The fate which sternly threatens there
     Is glorious martyrdom!
Then onward with a martyr's zeal;
     And wait thy sure reward
When man to man no more shall kneel,
     And God alone be Lord!


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