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The death-doom'd row. But see, a smile illumes
The face of some; perhaps they're guiltless: Oh!
And must high-minded honesty endure
The ignominy of a felon's fate?
No, 'tis not ignominious to be wrong'd;
No;—conscious exultation swells their hearts,
To think the day draws nigh, when in the view
Of angels, and of just men perfect made,
The mark which rashness (14) branded on their
names Shall be effac'd;—when, wafted on life's storm, Their souls shall reach the Sabbath of the skies;— As birds, from bleak Norwegia's wint'ry coast, Blown out to sea, strive to regain the shore, But, vainly striving, yield them to the blast, Swept o'er the deep to Albion's genial isle, Amaz'd they light amid the bloomy sprays
Of some green vale, there to enjoy new loves,
Relentless Justice! with fate-furrow'd
* " And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled."—Exod. xix. 16.
Despis'd in deep concerns, where heav'nly guidance
* "And thou shalt number feven Sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye fhall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.''—Lev. Xxv. 8. 9. 10.
The freedom-freighted blast, through all the land
Instant his eager eye darts to the roof
'""Arid these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart: And thon shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest