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Garrison

The earliest poem in this division was my youthful tribute to the great reformer when himself a young man he was first sounding his trumpet in Essex County. I close with the verses inscribed to him at the end of his earthly career, May 24, 1879. My poetical service in the cause of freedom is thus almost synchronous with his life of devotion to the same cause.

the storm and peril overpast,
     The hounding hatred shamed and still,
Go, soul of freedom! take at last
     The place which thou alone canst fill.

Confirm the lesson taught of old—
     Life saved for self is lost, while they
Who lose it in His service hold
     The lease of God's eternal day.

Not for thyself, but for the slave
     Thy words of thunder shook the world;
No selfish griefs or hatred gave
     The strength wherewith thy bolts were hurled.

From lips that Sinai's trumpet blew
     We heard a tender under song;
Thy very wrath from pity grew,
     From love of man thy hate of wrong.

Now past and present are as one;
     The life below is life above;
Thy mortal years have but begun
     Thy immortality of love.

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