Alive once more, respired her native air,
But found no freedom for the voice of prayer :
Again the cowl’d oppressor clank’d his chains,
Flourish’d his scourge, and threatened bonds and pains,
(His arm enfeebled could no longer kill,
But in his heart he was a murderer still 🙂
Then Christian David, strengtheri’d from above,
Wise as the serpent, harmless as the dove ;
Bold as a lion on his Master’s part,
In zeal a seraph, and a child in heart ;
PluckM from the gripe of antiquated laws,
( Even as a mother from the felon-jaws
Of a lean wolf, that bears her babe away,
With courage beyond nature, rends the prey,)
The little remnant of that ancient race :
Far in Lusatian woods they found a place ;
There, where the sparrow builds her busy nest,
And the clime-changing swallow loves to rest,
Thine altar, God of Hosts ! there still appear
The tribes to worship, unassail’d by fear ;
We cannot and absolutely will not apologize for the smiley emoticon at the end of line 6. If we were to remove the parentheses, ” () “we would be left with just the colon ” : ” therefore, we are keeping to its true format in which we found it.
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A handwritten letter on notepaper from James Montgomery to his Solicitor James Wilson Esq. of East Parade Sheffield, regarding a payment of £400 in part of a larger sum left to Montgomery by his deceased friend Rowland Hodgeson of Highfield, Sheffield.
The letter’s header reads The Mount (his Sheffield home) July 7, 1838. The reverse side of the paper is the address of the Solicitor and Montgomery’s black, wax seal.
– altered by Hystoria