Imagens da página
PDF
[ocr errors]

YA | kiss can | consecrate the I ground !

Where mated | hearts are mutual bound : 1
7 The spot where I loves | first | links were wound

That ne'er are | riven, |
Is | hallowed | down to earth’s pro- | found, ! .

And | up to heaven! ||

[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

WHAT HAVE WE TO DO WITH SLAVERY?

Does | any one ask at this late | day, I when the | giant | wrong, 17 which our country | legalizes and | fights for, | threatens to strip us of the dearest | attributes of freedom and hu- | manity, | 7 does / any one | ask, | What have we to do with the in- | justice that ex- | ists, | not here, | but in an- | other | part of the land ? 14 I | answer | freely, | 7 dis- | tinctly, 1 em- | phatically, | 7 | Nothing. 1 In | simple | justice we have I no 1 right to have anything to do with it. 14 We have no | right to stand guard | over it | 7 as we | do with our | unjust / prejudices, more | fatal than | muskets or ar- | tillery. 1 4 We have no right to sur- | render to it the sacred | principle of freedom of speech as we have done. 147 | We have no right to af- ford it the broad protection of our silence, as we do. 14, We have no ! right to al- | low it to | flourish in the capital of the nation,

as we do. 17 We have no right to aid in ex- | tending, and per- | petuating, and fighting for it, as, may / God have mercy upon us !! we are doing. | As we are doing all these / unjust | things, | 7 we are l guilty of | inter- | fering, | most im- | pertinently, | 7 with | things with | which we have no | right to inter- | fere. | We must

[ocr errors]

| turn over a | new | leaf, | 7 and learn, | hard as the | lesson may be, 1 to 1 mind | every one his own business. | 4711 And what is our | business? 174 | Why, to do | justly. 14714 It is , what | God | specially re- | quires of us, | 4to | cease from doing | evil; to main- | tain freedom of speech, 17 that precious | thing, with. | out | which our | civil se- curity | is but | stubble, 14 which the | out- | bursting | fires of violent passions | may, at | any / moment, con- | sume; 1 7 to l guard the | public | liberties / 7 in the 1 person of the meanest of the | |land; 1 to de- | stroy in- | justice of all kinds, and | let the voice of hu- / manity, 14 the | swelling | key-note of the world, 4 be heard, | pleading for the | right. 17

| This is the business, 7 | this the | just | thing which we have to do, I every | man and woman of us, 17 and of which, 17 as surely as we are here this day, 17 we must give an ac- | count. 147141 | caution you, | 0 | men, I as you would pos- 1 sess the good which | God hath | showed you | 4 and do what | he re- | quires, | 77 | take care | how you | meddle any | longer, 17 or countenance | others in meddling, with the in- | alienable | rights of your | fellow men. | 47 | That is inter- | ference with other men's | matters, 1 7 with | which they are chargeable | 4 who | hold | men and women as their | property to be | bought and sold.

It is an | insult to our | common hu- , manity. 14 It | must come to an end, 1 , and it I will; 147 | let the ! blood of the nation be { poured out I ever so | freely to per| petuate it. | For | God hath | showed thee, | 0 | man, | what is good, 17 and / what does he re- I quire of us, || but that we do justly? 17 He has written it in our | hearts, | and his | providence is | bringing out the di- || vine | hand-writing in ever | clearer and more | ilaming | characters, 1 yun- | til it shall | flash con- | viction on the | darkest | mind.

FURNESS.

[merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »