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GARRISON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Freedom's first champion in our fettered land
Last Line: Survived, -- its ruin and our peace to see.
Subject(s): Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Garrison, William Lloyd (1805-1879); Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty

FREEDOM'S first champion in our fettered land!
Nor politician nor base citizen
Could gibbet thee, nor silence, nor withstand.
Thy trenchant and emancipating pen
The patriot Lincoln snatched with steady hand,
Writing his name and thine on parchment white,
'Midst war's resistless and ensanguined flood;
Then held that proclamation high in sight
Before his fratricidal countrymen, --
"Freedom henceforth throughout the land for all," --
And sealed the instrument with his own blood,
Bowing his mighty strength for slavery's fall;
Whilst thou, stanch friend of largest liberty,
Survived, -- its ruin and our peace to see.

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