Thomas Pringle Poems
- The Slave Dealer From ocean's wave a Wanderer came, With ...
- Afar In The Desert Afar in the Desert I love to ride, With ...
- Song Of The Wild Bushman Let the proud White Man boast his ...
- The Caffer Lo! where he crouches by the cleugh's dark ...
- Makanna's Gathering Wake! Amakósa, wake! And arm yourselves ...
- The Kosa The free-born Kosa still doth hold The fields his ...
- The Bechuana Boy I sat at noontide in my tent, And looked ...
Thomas Pringle was a Scottish writer, poet and abolitionist, known as the father of South African Poetry, being the first successful English language poet and author to describe South Africa's scenery, native peoples, and living conditions.
Born at Blaiklaw (now named Blakelaw), four miles south of Kelso in Roxburghshire, Thomas Pringle studied at Edinburgh University where he developed a talent for writing. Being lame, he did not follow his father into farming, but worked as a clerk and continued writing, soon succeeding to editorships of journals and newspapers. One of his poems celebrating his Scottish heritage came to the attention of the novelist Sir Walter Scott, by whose ... more »
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The Slave Dealer
From ocean's wave a Wanderer came,
With visage tanned and dun:
His Mother, when he told his name,
Scarce knew her long-lost son;
So altered was his face and frame
By the ill course he had run.
There was hot fever in his blood,
And dark thoughts in his brain;
And oh! to turn his heart to good
That Mother strove in vain,
For fierce and fearful was his mood,
Racked by remorse and pain.
And if, at times, a gleam more mild
Would o'er his features stray,
When knelt the Widow near her Child,
And he tried with her to pray,
It lasted not for ...