Poems of the "Old South"

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W.F. Gill & Company, 1877 - 35 páginas
 

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Página 20 - God ! And now whenever a wrong is done It thrills the conscious walls ; The stone from the basement cries aloud And the beam from the timber calls. There are steeple-houses on every hand, And pulpits that bless and ban, And the Lord will not grudge the single church That is set apart for man. For in two commandments are all the law And the prophets under the sun, And the first is last and the last is first, And the twain are verily one. So, long as Boston shall Boston be, And her bay-tides rise and...
Página 16 - Save the mournful sackcloth about her wound, Unclothed as the primal mother, With limbs that trembled and eyes that blazed With a fire she dare not smother. Loose on her shoulders fell her hair, With sprinkled ashes gray ; She stood in the broad aisle strange and weird As a soul at the judgment day.
Página 4 - A FLEET with flags arrayed Sailed from the port of Brest, And the Admiral's ship displayed The signal: "Steer southwest." For this Admiral D'Anville Had sworn by cross and crown To ravage with fire and steel Our helpless Boston Town. There were rumors in the street, In the houses there was fear Of the coming of the fleet, And the danger hovering near. And while from mouth to mouth Spread the tidings of dismay, I stood in the Old South, Saying humbly: "Let us pray...
Página 17 - With equal feet All men my courts shall tread, And priest and ruler no more shall eat My people up like bread!' " Repent, repent! — ere the Lord shall speak In thunder, and breaking seals! Let all souls worship him in the way His light within reveals! " She shook the dust from her naked feet, And her sackcloth closely drew, And into the porch of the awe-hushed church She passed like a ghost from view.
Página 6 - And even as I prayed The answering tempest came ; It came with a mighty power, Shaking the windows and walls, And tolling the bell in the tower, As it tolls at funerals. The lightning suddenly Unsheathed its flaming sword, And I cried : " Stand still, and see The salvation of the Lord! " The heavens were black with cloud, The sea was white with hail, And ever more fierce and loud Blew the October gale. The fleet it overtook, And the broad sails in the van Like the tents of Cushan shook, Or the curtains...
Página 5 - O Lord! we would not advise; But if in thy Providence A tempest should arise To drive the French Fleet hence, And scatter it far and wide, Or sink it in the sea, We should be satisfied, And thine the glory be." This was the prayer I made, For my soul was all on flame, And even as I prayed The answering tempest came; It came with a mighty power, Shaking the windows and walls, And tolling the bell in the tower, As it tolls at funerals.
Página 19 - They whipped her away at the tail o' the cart Through half the streets of the town, But the words she uttered that day nor fire Could burn nor water drown. And now the aisles of the ancient church By equal feet are trod, And the bell that swings in its belfry rings Freedom to worship God...
Página 17 - Repent ! repent ! ere the Lord shall speak In thunder and breaking seals ! Let all souls worship Him in the way His light within reveals." She shook the dust from her naked feet, And her sackcloth closer drew, And into the porch of the awe-hushed church She passed like a ghost from view. They whipped her away at the tail o...
Página 4 - O Lord ! we would not advise ; But if in thy Providence A tempest should arise To drive the French Fleet hence, And scatter it far and wide, Or sink it in the sea, We should be satisfied, And thine the glory be.
Página 29 - Danas feed the fire, Each grandson worthy of his sire ; When other Phillipses shall tell Again the tale he tells so well ; When other Minots shall record The victories of some other Ward, And other Prescotts tell the story Of other Warrens' death and glory ; When, in some crisis of the land, Some other Quincy takes the stand, To teach, to quicken, to command, — To speak with prophet's power Of Liberty and Law combined, Of Justice close with Mercy joined. United in one...

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