Poems on Slavery
POEMS ON SLAVERY.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW.
CAMBRIDGE: PUBLISHED BY JOHN OWEN.
M DCCC XLII.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred and forty -two,
by H. W. Longfellow, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of
CAMBRIDGE: METCALF, KEITH, AND NICHOLS, PRINTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY.
To William E. Channing
The Slave's Dream
The Good Part
The Slave in the Dismal Swamp
The Quadroon Girl
[The following poems, with one exception, were written at sea, in the latter part of
October. I had not then heard of Dr. Channing's death. Since that event, the poem
addressed to him is no longer appropriate. I have decided, however, to let it remain
as it was written, a feeble testimony of my admiration for a great and good man.]
The noble horse,
That, in his fiery youth, from his wide nostrils
Neighed courage to his rider, and brake through
Groves of opposed pikes, bearing his lord
Safe to triumphant victory, old or wounded,
Was set at liberty and freed from service.
The Athenian mules, that from the quarry drew
Marble, hewed for the Temple of the Gods,
The Slave singing at Midnight