John Harris

(1820 - 1884 / Camborne, Cornwall)

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John Harris (1820–1884) was a Cornish poet.

Harris was born and raised in a two-bedroom cottage on the slopes of Bolenowe Carn, a small hamlet near Camborne, Cornwall, in England. At age twelve, he was sent to work at Dolcoath mine where he combined a life of painful labour with the production of poetry celebrating his native landscape around Carn Brea and the scenic splendours of ... more »

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The Fall of Slavery

Musing by a mossy fountain,
In the blossom month of May,
Saw I coming down a mountain
An old man whose locks were grey;
And the flowery valleys echoed,
As he sang his earnest lay.

'Prayer is heard, the chain is riven,
Shout it over land and sea;
Slavery from earth is driven,
And the manacled are free;
Brotherhood in all the nations;
What a glorious Jubilee!

'God has answered, fall before Him,
Laud His majesty and might;
On thy knees, O earth, adore Him:
Now the black is as the white;
Hallelujah! hallelujah!

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