Poems, on Various Subjects

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From the Press of A. Loudon, (Whitehall), 1805 - 220 páginas

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Página 144 - Joseph's case we may a parallel see ; Sent into Egypt by divine decree, His brethren's evil, God intends for good, Yet they, as guilty, in his presence stood. Some plead the precedent of former times, And bring example in, to sanction crimes : Greece had her Helots, Gibeonites the Jew ; Must then Columbia have her Negroes too! By men who by his spirit were inspir'd, To teach us what our blessed Lord requir'd^ Rules have been given to regulate our lives, As subjects, husbands, parents, children, wives...
Página 139 - AMERICA! wipe out this dire disgrace, Which stains the brightest glories of thy face. Twas thine against oppressive power to raise A noble standard, and attract the gaze Of the surrounding nations, who approve Thy arduous struggle, rising from a love Of liberty. Your rights you understood, And rose, resolv'd like men to make them good; Through every rank the gen'rous ardour ran; The poorest lab'rer feels himself a man.
Página 142 - d in his breast ; There gloomy superstition's terrors reign'd; Insidious wiles his manly courage stain'd ; While sloth and ignorance in fetters bind The nobler workings of the savage mind. See these by Europe's fairer sons displac'd, With useful arts and polish'd manners grac'd. ! Now sturdy labour* with incessant toil Clears the rude wild, and cultivates the soil. As art's...
Página 141 - To punish sin, and lead us to repent; But if these warnings we refuse to mind, A train of evils follow close behind ; If we may credit God's eternal word, And those examples left upon record. Are these the blest abodes of liberty ! Is this the generous race that would be free...
Página 137 - Is it not a shame For any that assume the Christian name, Who say the influence of his blood extends From sea to sea, to earth's remotest ends, To trade in human flesh, to forge a chain For those who may with them in glory reign ? But, independent of the Christian...

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