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     And bind anew the evil bands
Which God's right arm of power hath riven;

What marvel that, in many a mind,
     Those darker deeds of bigot madness
Are closely with your own combined,
     Yet ‘less in anger than in sadness ’?
What marvel, if the people learn
     To claim the right of free opinion?
What marvel, if at times they spurn
     The ancient yoke of your dominion?

A glorious remnant linger yet,
     Whose lips are wet at Freedom's fountains,
The coming of whose welcome feet
     Is beautiful upon our mountains!
Men, who the gospel tidings bring
     Of Liberty and Love forever,
Whose joy is an abiding spring,
     Whose peace is as a gentle river!

But ye, who scorn the thrilling tale
     Of Carolina's high-souled daughters,
Which echoes here the mournful wail
     Of sorrow from Edisto's waters,
Close while ye may the public ear,
     With malice vex, with slander wound them,
The pure and good shall throng to hear,
     And tried and manly hearts surround them.

Oh, ever may the power which led
     Their way to such a fiery trial,
And strengthened womanhood to tread
     The wine-press of such self-denial,

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