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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Liberty for All
By William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879)
 
THEY tell me, Liberty! that in thy name
  I may not plead for all the human race,
  That some are born to bondage and disgrace,—
So, to a heritage of woe and shame,—
And some to power supreme, and glorious fame:        5
  With my whole soul I spurn the doctrine base
  And, as an equal brotherhood, embrace
All people, and for all fair freedom claim!
Know this, O man! whate’er thy earthly fate—
  God never made a tyrant nor a slave:        10
Woe, then, to those who dare to desecrate
  His glorious image—for to all He gave
Eternal rights which none may violate;
  And by a mighty hand the oppressed He yet shall save!
 
 
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