APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
Written Anonymously. Published in 1848.
I present to you a poem entitled….
The Avenger of the Slave
Who shall avenge the slave? I stood and cried.
The earth! The earth! The echoing sea replied.
I turned me to the Ocean; but each wave
Declined to be the avenger of the slave.
Who shall avenge the slave? My species cry,
The winds, floods, the lightnings of the sky!
I turned to these--from them one echo ran--
'The right avenger of the slave is man.
Man was my fellow--in his sight I stood.
Wept, and besought him by the voice of blood.
Sternly he looked, as proud on earth he trod,
Then said. "The avenger of the slave is God."
I looked in prayer to Heaven--a white 'twas still;
And then me thought God's voice replied, "I will."