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     In vain we turn, for gibing wit
And shoutings follow after,
     As if old Kearsarge had split
His granite sides with laughter!

What boots it that we pelted out
     The anti-slavery women,1
And bravely strewed their hall about
     With tattered lace and trimming?
Was it for such a sad reverse
     Our mobs became peacemakers,
And kept their tar and wooden horse
     For Englishmen and Quakers?

For this did shifty Atherton
     Make gag rules for the Great House?
Wiped we for this our feet upon
     Petitions in our State House?
Plied we for this our axe of doom,
     No stubborn traitor sparing,
Who scoffed at our opinion loom,
     And took to homespun wearing?

Ah, Moses! hard it is to scan
     These crooked providences,
Deducing from the wisest plan
     The saddest consequences!
Strange that, in trampling as was meet
     The nigger-men's petition,
We sprung a mine beneath our feet
     Which opened up perdition.

How goodly, Moses, was the game
     In which we've long been actors,

1 The Female Anti-Slavery Society, at its first meeting in Concord, was assailed with stones and brickbats.

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