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[108] Still the dance goes gayly onward!
     What is it to Wealth and Pride
That without the stars are looking
     On a scene which earth should hide?
That the slave-ship lies in waiting, rocking on Potomac's tide!

Vainly to that mean Ambition
     Which, upon a rival's fall,
Winds above its old condition,
     With a reptile's slimy crawl,
Shall the pleading voice of sorrow, shall the slave in anguish call.

Vainly to the child of Fashion,
     Giving to ideal woe
Graceful luxury of compassion,
     Shall the stricken mourner go;
Hateful seems the earnest sorrow, beautiful the hollow show!

Nay, my words are all too sweeping:
     In this crowded human mart,
Feeling is not dead, but sleeping;
     Man's strong will and woman's heart,
In the coming strife for Freedom, yet shall bear their generous part.

And from yonder sunny valleys,
     Southward in the distance lost,
Freedom yet shall summon allies
     Worthier than the North can boast,
With the Evil by their hearth-stones grappling at severer cost.

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