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Liberty Poem for Asia, Africa, Europe, America, Australia, Cuba, and the Archipelagoes of the Sea.

21 — Liberty Poem for Asia, Africa, Europe, America, Australia, Cuba, and The Archipelagoes of the Sea.

COURAGE! my brother or my sister! Keep on! Liberty is to be subserved, what- 
 ever occurs;
That is nothing, that is quelled by one or two fail- 
 ures, or any number of failures,
Or by the indifference or ingratitude of the  
Or the show of the tushes of power—soldiers,  
 cannon, penal statutes.
What we believe in waits latent forever through  
 Asia, Africa, Europe, America, Australia,  
 Cuba, and all the islands and archipelagoes  
 of the sea;
What we believe in invites no one, promises  
 nothing, sits in calmness and light, is positive  
 and composed, knows no discouragement,
Waits patiently its time—a year—a century —  
 a hundred centuries.
  [ begin page 269 ]ppp.00237.277.jpg The battle rages with many a loud alarm and  
 frequent advance and retreat,
The infidel triumphs—or supposes he triumphs, The prison, scaffold, garrote, hand-cuffs, iron neck- 
 lace and anklet, lead-balls, do their work,
The named and unnamed heroes pass to other  
The great speakers and writers are exiled—they  
 lie sick in distant lands,
The cause is asleep—the strong throats are  
 choked with their own blood,
The young men drop their eye-lashes toward the  
 ground when they meet,
But for all this, liberty has not gone out of the  
 place, nor the infidel entered into pos- 
When liberty goes out of a place, it is not the  
 first to go, nor the second or third to go,
It waits for all the rest to go—it is the last.
When there are no more memories of the lovers  
 of the whole of the nations of the world,
The lovers' names scouted in the public gatherings  
 by the lips of the orators,
Boys not christened after them, but christened  
 after traitors and murderers instead,
Laws for slaves sweet to the taste of people —  
 the slave-hunt acknowledged,
  [ begin page 270 ]ppp.00237.278.jpg You or I walking abroad upon the earth, elated  
 at the sight of slaves, no matter who they  
And when all life and all the souls of men and  
 women are discharged from any part of the  
Then shall the instinct of liberty be discharged  
 from that part of the earth,
Then shall the infidel and the tyrant come into  
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