Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO JOHN BROWN, by GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON



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TO JOHN BROWN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: We lift a song to you across the day
Last Line: Until the judgment! Sentinel his rest!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Abolitionists; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; Anti-slavery; Serfs


We lift a song to you across the day
Which bears through travailing the seed you spread
In terror's morning, flung with fingers red
In blood of tyrants, who debarred the way
To Freedom's dawning. Hearken to the lay
Chanted by dusky millions, soft and mellow-keyed,
In minor measure, Martyr of the Freed,
A song of memory across the day.

Truth cannot perish though the earth erase
The royal signals, leaving not a trace,
And time still burgeoneth the fertile seed,
Though he is crucified who wrought the deed:
O Alleghanies, fold him to your breast
Until the judgment! Sentinel his rest!





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