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TO TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Toussaint, the most unhappy man of men
Last Line: And love, and man's unconquerable mind.
Variant Title(s): To Toussaint L'ouverture, Leader Of African Slaves
Subject(s): Religion; Toussaint L'ouverture (1743-1803); Theology

TOUSSAINT, the most unhappy man of men!
Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough
Within thy hearing, or thy head be now
Pillowed in some deep dungeon's earless den; --
O miserable Chieftain! where and when
Wilt thou find patience? Yet die not; do thou
Wear rather in thy bonds a cheerful brow:
Though fallen thyself, never to rise again,
Live, and take comfort. Thou hast left behind
Powers that will work for thee; air, earth, and skies;
There's not a breathing of the common wind
That will forget thee; thou hast great allies;
Thy friends are exultations, agonies,
And love, and man's unconquerable mind.

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