Independence Day

June 27, 1856

Under the title, “No Foolish Glorification”, are these words:  “Let the day be observed with sadness and deep solemnity, and for purposes of repentance and restitution; let no cannon roar, no bell be rung, no illumination be given….”  The article concludes with four verses of a poem, by Garrison.

The first verse only:

“O God!  What mockery is this!
Our land, how lost to shame!
Well may all Europe jeer and hiss
At mention of her name!
For, while she boasts of Liberty,
“Neath Slavery’s iron sway
Four millions of her people lie
On Independence Day!”

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