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     And tropic leaf, and flower, and bird
Were in the warm sunbeam.

And the sky was bright as ever,
     And the moonlight slept as well,
On the palm-trees by the hillside,
     And the streamlet of the dell:
And the glances of the Creole
     Were still as archly deep,
And her smiles as full as ever
     Of passion and of sleep.

But vain were bird and blossom,
     The green earth and the sky,
And the smile of human faces,
     To the slaver's darkened eye;
At the breaking of the morning,
     At the star-lit evening time,
O'er a world of light and beauty
     Fell the blackness of his crime.


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