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     Through the hot sand-gleam, looming soft and calm
On the sky's rim, the fountain-shading palm.
     Still lives for Earth, which fiends so long have trod,
The great hope resting on the truth of God,—
     Evil shall cease and Violence pass away,
And the tired world breathe free through a long Sabbath day.

11th mo., 1848.

The prisoner for debt.

Before the law authorizing imprisonment for debt had been abolished in Massachusetts, a revolutionary pensioner was confined in Charlestown jail for a debt of fourteen dollars, and on the fourth of July was seen waving a handkerchief from the bars of his cell in honor of the day.

look on him! through his dungeon grate,
     Feebly and cold, the morning light
Comes stealing round him, dim and late,
     As if it loathed the sight.
Reclining on his strawy bed,
     His hand upholds his drooping head;
His bloodless cheek is seamed and hard,
     Unshorn his gray, neglected beard;
And o'er his bony fingers flow
     His long, dishevelled locks of snow.

No grateful fire before him glows,
     And yet the winter's breath is chill;
And o'er his half-clad person goes
     The frequent ague thrill!
Silent, save ever and anon,
     A sound, half murmur and half groan,

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