Death of Ashmun

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Title

Death of Ashmun

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Whose is you sable bier

Why move the throng so slow?

Why doth that lonely mother's tear

In sudden anguish flow?

Why is that sleeper laid

To rest in manhood's pride?

How gain'd his check such pallid shade?

I spake, - but none replied.


The hoarse wave murmur'd low,

The distant surges roar'd:

And o'er the sea in tones of woe

A deep response was pour'd

I heard sad Afric mourn

Upon her billowy strand,

A shield was from her hand.

Ah! well I know the now,

Through foreign suns would trace

Deep lines of death upon thy brow,

Thou friend of misery's race.

Their leader when the blast

Of ruthless war swept by,

Their teacher when the storm was past

Their guide to worlds on high.


Bent o'er the lowly tomb

Where thy soul'd idol lay,

I saw thee rise above the gloom,

And hold thy changeless way;

Stern sickness woke a flame

That on thy vigour fed,

But deathless courage nerv'd the frame

When health and strength had fled.


Spirit of power, - pass on!

Thy homeward wing is free,

Earth may not claim thee for her son,

She hath no chain for thee:

Toil might not bow thee down,

Nor Sorrow check they race,

Nor pleasure win thy birthright crown,

Got to thy own blest place!

HARTFORD CON 1828 L.H.

Creator

L.H., Hartford, Conn 1828

Source

3:40, p. 322

Date

1829.01.09

Contributor

From the African Repository

Collection

Citation

L.H., Hartford, Conn 1828, “Death of Ashmun,” Periodical Poets, accessed May 18, 2024, https://periodicalpoets.com/items/show/190.

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