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friend of the Slave, and yet the friend of all;
     Lover of peace, yet ever foremost when
The need of battling Freedom called for men
     To plant the banner on the outer wall;
Gentle and kindly, ever at distress
     Melted to more than woman's tenderness,
Yet firm and steadfast, at his duty's post
     Fronting the violence of a maddened host,
Like some gray rock from which the waves are tossed!
     Knowing his deeds of love, men questioned not
The faith of one whose walk and word were right;
     Who tranquilly in Life's great task-field wrought,
And, side by side with evil, scarcely caught
     A stain upon his pilgrim garb of white:
Prompt to redress another's wrong, his own
     Leaving to Time and Truth and Penitence alone.

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