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WENDELL PHILLIPS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: People's attorney, servant of the right
Last Line: Impartial history dare not leave thee out.
Subject(s): Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Phillips, Wendell (1811-1884); Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty


PEOPLE'S Attorney, servant of the Right!
Pleader for all shades of the solar ray,
Complexions dusky, yellow, red, or white;
Who, in thy country's and thy time's despite,
Hast only questioned, What will Duty say?
And followed swiftly in her narrow way:
Tipped is thy tongue with golden eloquence,
All honeyed accents fall from off thy lips, --
Each eager listener his full measure sips,
Yet runs to waste the sparkling opulence, --
The scorn of bigots, and the worldling's flout.
If Time long held thy merit in suspense,
Hastening repentant now, with pen devout,
Impartial History dare not leave thee out.





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