History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 1668
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“Here”, said these lawless ruffians,
“Is our authority”
And drew their pistols nearer
In rude ferocity.
With more than savage wildness—
Like hungry beasts of prey;
They bore, in all his mildness,
The man of God away!
With brutish haste they tore him
From her he loved so well,
And far away they bore him
With scarce the word “farewell!”
Their hearts are seats where blindness
O’er foul corruption reigns—
The milk of human kindness,
Flows not within their veins.
Their conduct was unworthy
The meanest race of men;
T’would better fit the tiger
Emerging from its den!
! O !
You thus prolong your shame
By sending such as
Abroad, to bear your name.
Could furnish
No tamer shrub than he?
Must legal office burnish
Such wild barbarity?
Go search the rudist forests,
The Panther and the Bear
As well would grace your suff’rage—
As well deserve a share.
Then might the heartless ,
Thy shame, O !
Become confed’rate with them
And teach them to destroy.
So much ferocious nature
Should join the brutish clan,
And not disgrace the features
That claim to be a man.
But hear it, O !
Once more “the prophet’s free”—
Your ill-directed fury
Brings forth a “Jubilee.” [p. 1668]
July 10
“Here”, said these lawless ruffians,
“Is our authority”
And drew their pistols nearer
In rude ferocity.
With more than savage wildness—
Like hungry beasts of prey;
They bore, in all his mildness,
The man of God away!
With brutish haste they tore him
From her he loved so well,
And far away they bore him
With scarce the word “farewell!”
Their hearts are seats where blindness
O’er foul corruption reigns—
The milk of human kindness,
Flows not within their veins.
Their conduct was unworthy
The meanest race of men;
T’would better fit the tiger
Emerging from its den!
! O !
You thus prolong your shame
By sending such as
Abroad, to bear your name.
Could furnish
No tamer shrub than he?
Must legal office burnish
Such wild barbarity?
Go search the rudist forests,
The Panther and the Bear
As well would grace your suff’rage—
As well deserve a share.
Then might the heartless ,
Thy shame, O !
Become confed’rate with them
And teach them to destroy.
So much ferocious nature
Should join the brutish clan,
And not disgrace the features
That claim to be a man.
But hear it, O !
Once more “the prophet’s free”—
Your ill-directed fury
Brings forth a “Jubilee.” [p. 1668]
Page 1668