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Speed on the ship;--But let her bear
No merchandise of sin,
No groaning cargo of despair
Her roomy hold within;
No Lethean drug for Eastern lands,
Nor poison-draught for ours;
But honest fruits of toiling hands
And Nature's sun and showers.
- The Ship-Builders [Ships]
Rap, rap! upon the well-worn stone,
How falls the polished hammer!
Rap, rap! the measured sound has grown
A quick and merry clamor.
Now shape the sole! how deftly curl
The glassy vamp around it,
And bless the while the bright-eyed girl
Whose gentle fingers bound it!
- The Shoemakers [Shoemaking]
Again the blackbirds sings; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers.
- The Singer (st. 20) [April]
So let it be in God's own might
We gird us for the coming fight,
And, strong in Him whose cause is ours
In conflict with unholy powers,
We grasp the weapons he has given,--
The Light, and Truth, and Love of Heaven.
- Thor Moral Warfare [Strength]
The fates are just: they give us but our own;
Nemesis ripens what our hands have sown.
- To a Southern Statesman [Results]
Making their lives a prayer.
- To A.K. on Receiving a Basket of Sea Mosses
With silence only as their benediction,
God's angels come
Where in the shadow of a great affliction,
The soul sits dumb!
- To my Friend on the Death of his Sister
Press bravely onward!--not in vain
Your generous trust in human kind;
The good which bloodshed could not gain
Your peaceful zeal shall find.
- To the Reformers of England [Zeal]
What! mothers from their children riven!
What! God's own image bought and sold!
Americans to market driven,
And bartered as the brute for gold!
- Voice of Freedom (Stanzas) [Slavery]
Our fellow-countrymen in chains!
Slaves--in a land of light and law!
Slaves--crouching on the very plains
Where rolled the storm of Freedom's war!
- Voices of Freedom--Stanzas [Slavery]
A Christian! gong, gone!
Who bids for God's own image?--for his grace,
Which that poor victim of the market-place
Hath in her suffering won?
- Voices of Freedom--The Christian Slave
Could'st thou boast, O child of weakness!
O'er the sons of wrong and strife,
Were their strong temptations planted
In thy path of life?
- What the Voice Said [Temptation]
But, by all thy nature's weakness,
Hidden faults and follies known,
Be thou, in rebuking evil,
Conscious of thine own.
- What the Voice Said (st. 15) [Evil]
When earth as if on evil dreams
Looks back upon her wars,
And the while light of Christ outstreams
From the red disc of Mars,
His fame, who led the stormy van
Of battle, well may cease;
But never that which crowns the man
Whose victory was peace.
- William Francis Bartlett [Peace]
Our lives are albums written through
With good or ill, with false or true;
And as the blessed angels turn
The pages of our years,
God grant they read the good with smiles,
And blot the ill with tears!
- Written in a Lady's Album [Life]
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