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Lines on the Portrait of a Celebrated Publisher.

The lines following were addressed to a magazine publisher, who, alarmed for his Southern circulation, not only dropped the name of Grace Greenwood from his list of contributors, but made an offensive parade of his action, with the view of strengthening his position among slaveholders and conservatives. By some coincidence his portrait was issued about the same time.

A Moony breadth of virgin face,
     By thought unviolated;
A patient mouth, to take from scorn
     The hook with bank-notes baited!
Its self-complacent sleekness shows
     How thrift goes with the fawner;
An unctuous unconcern of all
     Which nice folks call dishonor!

A pleasant print to peddle out
     In lands of rice and cotton;
The model of that face in dough
     Would make the artist's fortune.
For Fame to thee has come unsought,
     While others vainly woo her,
In proof how mean a thing can make
     A great man of its doer.

To whom shall men thyself compare,
     Since common models fail 'em,
Save classic goose of ancient Rome,
     Or sacred ass of Balaam?
The gabble of that wakeful goose
     Saved Rome from sack of Brennus;

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