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Say, sank she 'mid the blending wrath Like one who grapples with bis enemy,
And strives to strangle him before he die.
And first one universal shriek there rush'd, Vain guesses all !—Her destiny
Louder than the loud ocean, like a crash Is dark :-she ne'er was heard of more! Of echoing thunder; and then all was hush'd
Save the wild wind and the remorseless dash The moon hath twelve times changed her Of billows; but at intervals there gusb'd form,
A solitary shriek, the bubbling cry
Of some strong swimmer in his agony.
There were two fathers in this ghastly crew, And though we know that all is o'er, And with them their two sons, of whom the No eye hath seen-no tongue can tell
one Her fate:-she ne'er was heard of more! Was more robust and hardy to the view,
But he died early; and when he was gone, Oh! were her tale of sorrow known, His nearest messmate told his sire, who threw 'Twere soinething to the broken heart, One glance on him, and said, “ Heaven's The pangs of doubt would then be gone, will be done, And fancy's endless dreams depart!
I can do nothing,” and he saw him thrown It may not be :—there is no ray
Into the deep, without a tear or groan.
The other father had a weaklier child,
But the boy bore up long, and with a mild
Little be said, and now and then he smiled,
As if to win a part from off the weight
He saw increasing on his father's heart; 'Twas twilight, for the sunless day went
With the deep, deadly thought, that they down
must part, Over the waste of waters ; like a veil Which, if withdrawn, would but disclose the
And o'er him bent his sire, and never rais'd frown,
His eyes from off bis face, but wiped the
foam Of one who hates us, so the night was shown, And grimly darkled o'er their faces pale,
From his pale lips, and ever on him gazed, And hopeless eyes which oʻer the deep alone
And the boy's eyes, which the dull film half Gazed dim and desolate; twelve days bad
Brighten'd and for a moment seemed to Been their familiar: and now death was
He sqneezed from out a rag some drops of
rain Then rose from sea to sky the wild farewell, Into bis dying child's mouth-bnt in vain. Then shriek'd the timid and stood still the brave,
The boy expired- the father held the clay, Then some leap'd overboard with dreadful And look'd npon it long, and when at last yell,
Death left no doubt, and the dead burthen As eager to anticipate their grave;
Jay And the sea yawn'd around her like a hell; Stiff on his heart, and pulse and bope were And down she suck'd with her the whirling past,
He watch'd it wistfully, until away wave,
SL A VERY.
And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth
That sinews bought and sold bave ever O EXECRABLE SON, 80 to aspire
earned. Above his brethren, to himself assuming
No: dear as freedom is, and in my heart's Authority usurpi, from God not given,
Just estimation prized above all price, He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl,
I had much rather be myself the slave, Dominion absolnte; that right we hold
And wear the bonds, than fasten them on By his donation ;-but man over men
him. He made not Lord, such title to himself
We have no slaves at home-then why Reserving, human left from human free.
abroad? And they themselves once ferried o'er the
That parts ns, are emancipate and loosed. THE HORRORS OF SLAVERY
Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their DEPLORED.
langs COW PER.
Receive our air, that moment they are free; My ear is pained,
They touch our country, and their shackles
fall. My soul is sick, with every day's report
That's noble! and bespeaks a nation prond Of wrong and outrage, with which earth is
And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then, filled.
And let it circulate through every vein There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart,
Of all your empire: that where Britain's It does not feel for man; the natural bond
power Of brotherhood is severed as the flax,
Is felt, mankind may feel her mercy too. That falls asunder at the touch of fire. He finds his fellow guilty of a skin Not coloured like his own; and having power T'enforce the wrong, for such a worthy cause Dooms and devotes him as a lawful prey. Lands intersected by a narrow frith
THE NEGRO'S DEPARTURE FROM Abhor each other. Mountains interposed
AFRICA, Make enemies of nations, who had else
SHENSTONB. Like kindred drops been mingled into one. Thus man devotes his brother, and destroys; | On the wild heath in mournful guise be stood And, worse than all, and most to be deplored Ere the shrill boatswain gave the bated sign; As human nature's broadest, foulest blot, He dropt a tear unseen into the flood, Chains him, and tasks him, and exacts his He stole one secret moment to repine.
sweat With stripes, that Mercy with a bleeding “Why am I ravish'd from my native strand ? heart
What savage race protects this impious gain? Weeps, when she sees inflicted on a beast. Shall foreign plagues infest this teeming land, Then what is man? And what man, seeing And more than sea-born monsters plough this,
the main ? And having homan feelings, does not blush, And bang his þead, to think himself a man? “ Here the dire locusts' horrid swarms preI would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, Here the blue asps with livid poison swell;
Here the dry dipsa writhes his sinuous mail ; , Is there, as ye sometimes tell us,
Has he bid you buy and sell us,
Matches, blood-extorting screws, What fate preserved me for this Christian Are the means which daty urges, race ?
Agents of his will to use. O race more polish'd, more severe, than they.
Hark! he answers--Wild tornadoes,
Strewing yonder sea with wrecks; « Yet shores there are, bless'd shores for us Wasting towns, plantations, meadows, remain,
Are the voice with which he speaks. And favour'd isles, with golden fruitage He, foreseeing what vexations crown'd,
Afric's sons should undergo, Where tufted flow'rets paint the verdant Fixed their tyrants' habitations plain,
Where his whirlwinds answer-no. And ev'ry breeze shall med'cine ev'ry wound.”
By our blood in Afric wasted,
Ere our necks received the chain;
By our sufferings, since ye brought us
To the man-degrading mart;
All sustained by patience taught us,
Only by a broken heart: * FORCED from home and all its pleasures, Afric's coast I left forlorn;
Dee'm our nation brutes no longer, To increase a stranger's treasures,
Till some reason ye sball find O'er the raging billows borne.
Worthier of regard, and stronger Men from England bought and sold me, Than the colour of our kind. Paid my price in paltry gold;
Slaves of gold, whose sordid dealings But, though theirs they have enrolled me, Tarnish all your boasted powers, Minds are never to be sold.
Prove that you have buman feelings,
Ere you proudly question ours ! Still in thought as free as ever,
What are England's rights, I ask, Me from my delights to sever,
Me to tortare, me to task?
THE SLAVE TRADE.
FRANCE, and Spain, and Portugal,
Weep ye, weep ye, each and all! Make the plant for which we toil? Still ye trade in blood and pain, Sighs must fan it, tears must water, When the earth bas curs'd the chain.
Sweat of ours must dress the soil. Think, ye masters iron-bearted,
Long has righteous vengeance slumber'd;
Yet has every sigh been number'd:
Has been scatter'd on the air;