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Unknown Vessel, Page 210 of 256
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Broken words of chere he saith But his dark lip quivereth And as oer the past he thinketh from his young wifes arms he shrinketh Can those soft arms round him lay underneath his dead wifes iye She her fair young head can rest soothed and childlike on his breast And in trustful innocence drew new strength and courage thence he the proud man feels within but the cowardice of sin She can murmer in her thought Simple prairs her mother taught And his blessed angel call Whose great love is over all he alone in praeryless pride meets the dark past by her side
One who living shrank with dread from his look or word or dread unto whom her early grave was as fredom to the slave moves him at this midnight hour with the deads uncontious power
Ah the dead the unforgot from their solemn homes of thought darkly over foe and friend or in love or sad rebuke Back upon the living look,
And the tenderest ones and weakest Who their wrongs have born the meakest Lifting from those dark stil places Sweet and full remembered faces Oer the guilty hearts behind An unwitting triumph find Composed laying at anchor at Cape Mount West Coast Africa July 20th 1859 [by?] V. G. Locke of Barqe Valetta
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