Madam Ranke wife of German Historian [Lincoln]
On hearing from Mr Marsh of President Lincoln's Proclamation.
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.