Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“Sic Semper Tyrannis” Edward Hewes Gordon Clark (1865)



"Sic semper tyrannis," vile southron?

        You murdered your own truest friend!

And may God now have pity for traitors —

        Man's patience has come to an end!

"Sic semper tyrannis," O madman?

        He marshalled to freedom a race!

He led us to battle with tyrants;

        To dare look the right in the face!

"Sic semper tyrannis," assassin?

        Behold a whole nation in black!

And hark to the curse of its millions

        That rumbles along your track!

"Sic semper tyrannis,"— O Heaven!

        That motto for slavery's knife;

While died the great servant of freedom,

        As martyrdom sainted his life!

"Sic semper tyrannis,"— God help us

        To bear it — the deed and the loss;

The crime that has scarcely been mated

        Since Jesus was nailed to the cross!

"Sic semper tyrannis"— Our Father

        In Heaven, we swear unto Thee,

Once more over him thou hast taken,

        All men shall be equally free!

                                Troy Daily Press.

A Tribute of Respect by the Citizens of Troy to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln. Troy, NY: Young & Benson, 1865. 168-169.

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