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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - THE WITNESSES

In Ocean's wide domains,
Half buried in the sands,
Lie skeletons in chains,
With shackled feet and hands.

Beyond the fall of dews,
Deeper than plummet lies,
Float ships, with all their crews,
No more to sink nor rise.

There the black Slave-ship swims,
Freighted with human forms,
Whose fettered, fleshless limbs
Are not the sport of storms.

These are the bones of Slaves;
They gleam from the abyss;
They cry, from yawning waves,
"We are the Witnesses!"

Within Earth's wide domains
Are markets for men's lives;
Their necks are galled with chains,
Their wrists are cramped with gyves.

Dead bodies, that the kite
In deserts makes its prey;
Murders, that with affright
Scare school-boys from their play!

All evil thoughts and deeds;
Anger, and lust, and pride;
The foulest, rankest weeds,
That choke Life's groaning tide!

These are the woes of Slaves;
They glare from the abyss;
They cry, from unknown graves,
"We are the Witnesses!

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Volume: Poems on Slavery
Poem of the Day: May 18 2009

Comment 4 of 4, added on February 14th, 2008 at 12:51 AM.

pretty sikk man
good choice of words almost all had a nag. conotation

Grant Penney from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on October 19th, 2005 at 6:25 AM.

that poem was bomb,man, that poem was bomb

Mitch Albon from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on March 31st, 2005 at 11:21 AM.

i love this poem it is awesome and amazing

Kallie Hayworth from United States

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