Treasure Island

James Russell Lowell

(22 February 1819 – 12 August 1891 / Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Of the Dawn of Freedom


Careless seems the great Avenger;
History’s lessons but recorded
One death-grapple in the darkness
“Twixt old systems and the Word;
Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne;
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above His own.

Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2012

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