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Fleecy locks, and black complexion,
Cannot forfeit Nature's claim;
Dwells in white and black the same.
3 Why did all-creating nature
Make the plant for which we toil?
Sweat of ours must dress the soil.
Lolling at your jovial boards;
For the sweets your cane affords.
4 (0) Is there, as ye sometimes tell us,
Is there one who reigns on high?
Speaking from his throne the sky?
Matches, blood-extorting screws,
Agents of his will to use? 5 (.) Hark!—he answers;-wild tornadoes,
Strewing yonder sea with wrecks;
Are the voice with which he speaks.
Afric's sons should undergo,
Where his wHIRLWINDS answer-NO.
6 By our blood in Afric wasted,
Ere our necks received the chain;
Crossing in your barks the main;
To the man-degrading mart;
Only by a broken heart;
9 * Deem our nation brutes .. no longer,
Till some rèason ye shall find
* Firm voice.
Worthier of regard, and stronger
Than the colour of our kind.
Tarnish all your boasted powers,
Ere you proudly question òurs!
Marco Bozzaris, the Epaminondas of Modern Greece. (He fell in an attack upon the Turkish Camp, at Laspi, the site of the ancient Platæa, August 20, 1823, and expired in the moment of victory. His last words were“ To die for liberty is a pleasure, and not a pain."] 1 At midnight, in his guarded tent,
The Turk was dreaming of the hour,
Should tremble at his power;
In dreams, his song of triumph heard;
As Eden's garden bird.
That bright dream was his last;
Bozzaris cheer his band.
God—and your native land.
They piled that ground with Moslem slain,
They conquered—but Bozzaris fell,
Bleeding at every vein.
His few surviving comrades saw
And the red field was won;
Like flowers at set of sun.
4 (-) Come to the bridal chamber, Death!
Come to the mother, when she feels,
Come when the blessed seals,
With banquet-song, and dance, and wine,
Of agony, are thine.
Has won the battle for the free,
The thanks of millions yet to be.
Greece nurtured in her glory's time,
Even in her own proud clime.
(.) Now when fair morn orient in Heaven appear'd Up rose the victor Angels, and to arms
The matin trumpet sung: in arms they stood
Of golden panoply, refulgent host,
Look'd round, and scouts each coast light armed scour,
In motion or in halt: him soon they met
But firm battalion; back with speediest sail
(©) ARM, Warriors, arm for fight—the foe at hand, 15 Whom fled we thought, will save us long pursuit
This day; fear not his flight: so thick a cloud
His adamantine coat gird well, -and each
Borne ev'n or high; for this day will pour down,
(.) So warn'd he them, aware themselves, and soon 25 In order, quit of all impediment;
Instant, without disturb, they took alarm,
Approaching, gross and huge, in hollow cube, 30 Training his devilish enginery, impal'd
On every side with shadowing squadrons deep,
Satan, and thus was heard commanding loud. 35 (0°) VANGUARD!—to right and left the front unfold;
That all may see who hate us, how we seek
Page 61. The Exercises arranged in this class, belong to the general head of the pathetic and delicate. As this has been partly anticipated under another head of the Exercises, and as the manner of execution in this case depends wholly on emotion, there can be little assistance rendered by a notation. Before reading the pieces in this class, the remarks p. 61 & 62 should be reviewed; and the mind should be prepared to feel the spirit of each piece, by entering fully into the circumstances of the case.
Judah's speech to Joseph. 18 * Then Judah came near unto him and said, O my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.—19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?-20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one: and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.-21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.—22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.—23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with
you, ye shall see my face no more.—24 And it came to pass, when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.—25 And our father said, Go again and buy us a little food.—26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then we will go down; for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.--27 And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bear me two sons: -28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:-29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave. (-) 30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; (seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;)—31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth
* The reader is again desired to bear in mind, that in extracts frra the Bible, as well as other books, Italic words denote emphasis.