1822
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

[On the Project of colonizing the "Free People of Colour" in Africa.]

Connecticut Mirror (22 July 1822).

John G. C. Brainard


Two Spenserians on the liberation of African slaves printed without title and signed "Y." In 1828 the poem was anonymously reprinted in the Philadelphia Album under the title "Freedom." As conducted by Brainard, the poetry in the Connecticut Mirror became slightly less pious and much more literary.

Headnote: "The project for colonizing in Africa the 'free people of colour,' was the subject of these lines" Occasional Pieces (1825) 30.

W. Davenport Adams: "John G. C. Brainard, American poet (1796-1828), published, in 1828, a volume of Poems, which was reprinted in 1832, with a Life of the author, by John Greenleaf Whittier" Dictionary of English Literature (1878) 91.



All sights are fair to the recover'd blind,
All sounds are music to the deaf restor'd,
The lame, made whole, leaps like the sporting hind,
And the sad bow'd-down sinner, with his hoard
Of shame and sorrow — when he cuts the cord,
And drops the pack it bound — is free again
In the light yoke and burden of his Lord:
Thus, with the birth-right of his fellow men,
Sees, hears, and feels, at once, the righted African.

'Tis somewhat like the burst from death to life—
From the grave's cearments to the robes of heaven,
From sin's dominion, and from passion's strife,
To the pure freedom of a soul forgiven,
When all the bonds of death and hell are riven,
And mortals put on immortality;
When fear, and care, and grief away are driven,
And Mercy's hand has turn'd the golden Key,
And Mercy's voice has said, "Rejoice, thy soul is free!"

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