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Frederick Douglass

By Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Book Id: WPLBN0000709132
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Frederick Douglass  
Author: Dunbar, Paul Laurence
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: HUSH is over all the teeming lists, // And there is pause, a breathspace in the strife; // A spirit brave has passed beyond the mists // And vapors that obscure the sun of life. // And Ethiopia, with bosom torn, // Laments the passing of her noblest born. // She weeps for him a mother's burning tears- // She loved him with a mother's deepest love. // He was her champion thro' direful years, // And held her weal all other ends above. // When Bondage held her bleeding in the dust, // He raised her up and whispered, Hope and Trust. // For her his voice, a fearless clarion, rung // That broke in warning on the ears of men; // For her the strong bow of his power he strung, // And sent his arrows to the very den // Where grim Oppression held his bloody place // And gloated o'er the mis'ries of a race. // And he was no soft-tongued apologist; // He spoke straightforward, fearlessly uncowed; // The sunlight of his truth dispelled the mist, // And set in bold relief each dark hued cloud; // To sin and crime he gave their proper hue, // And hurled at evil what was evil's due. // Through good and ill report he cleaved his way // Right onward, with his face set toward the heights, // Nor feared to face the foeman's dread array,- // The lash of scorn, the sting of petty spites. // He dared the lightning in the lightning's track, // And answered thunder with his thunder back. // When men maligned him, and their torrent wrath // In furious imprecations o'er him broke, // He kept his counsel as he kept his path; // 'T was for his race, not for himself he spoke. // He knew the import of his Master's call, // And felt himself too mighty to be small. // No miser in the good he held was he,- // His kindness followed his horizon's rim. // His heart, his talents, and his hands were free...


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