On Hearing from Mr. Marsh of President Lincoln's Proclamation January 1863

Title

On Hearing from Mr. Marsh of President Lincoln's Proclamation January 1863

Subject

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Emancipation Proclamation (United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
Poetry
Slavery
Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886

Description

This poem by Madame Clara Ranke, wife of the German historian Leopold van Ranke, celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation and freedom for slaves.

Creator

Ranke, Clara

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1863-01-XX

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

eng

Identifier

514276

Transcription

Madam Ranke wife of German Historian [Lincoln]

On hearing from Mr Marsh of President Lincoln's Proclamation.

Jan. 1863.

My heart leapt up, aye! higher than the skies,

Up to the throne of God, with grateful joy,

When to mine ears were brought (tho' with alloy

Of pending cares, political and wise)

The glorious news, that Slavery now lies

Even as a Snake, that stricken would annoy

Yea in its rage of Death would fain Destroy

The Avenger of unnumbered agonies.

Oh ever blessed be that Funeral Band

That suffering stands Determined to lay low

Earth's most malignant and oppressive foe

Oh! task Divine! For God with His own hand

Once led His people to their promised land

Out of the house of bondage and of woe.

C. Ranke.

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

pen and ink
1
21.75 x 11.25
SC 2565

Collection

Citation

Ranke, Clara, “On Hearing from Mr. Marsh of President Lincoln's Proclamation January 1863,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed April 19, 2018, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/28702.