Verse > John Greenleaf Whittier > The Poetical Works in Four Volumes
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
Personal Poems
IN trance and dream of old, God’s prophet saw
  The casting down of thrones. Thou, watching lone
  The hot Sardinian coast-line, hazy-hilled,
  Where, fringing round Caprera’s rocky zone
With foam, the slow waves gather and withdraw,        5
  Behold’st the vision of the seer fulfilled,
  And hear’st the sea-winds burdened with a sound
  Of falling chains, as, one by one, unbound,
The nations lift their right hands up and swear
  Their oath of freedom. From the chalk-white wall        10
Of England, from the black Carpathian range,
  Along the Danube and the Theiss, through all
  The passes of the Spanish Pyrenees,
And from the Seine’s thronged banks, a murmur strange
  And glad floats to thee o’er thy summer seas        15
On the salt wind that stirs thy whitening hair,—
  The song of freedom’s bloodless victories!
Rejoice, O Garibaldi! Though thy sword
Failed at Rome’s gates, and blood seemed vainly poured
Where, in Christ’s name, the crownëd infidel        20
Of France wrought murder with the arms of hell
  On that sad mountain slope whose ghostly dead,
Unmindful of the gray exorcist’s ban,
Walk, unappeased, the chambered Vatican,
  And draw the curtains of Napoleon’s bed!        25
God’s providence is not blind, but, full of eyes,
It searches all the refuges of lies;
And in His time and way, the accursed things
  Before whose evil feet thy battle-gage
  Has clashed defiance from hot youth to age        30
Shall perish. All men shall be priests and kings,
  One royal brotherhood, one church made free
  By love, which is the law of liberty!


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