“Abolish slavery!” – Well!
By multitudinous murdering of brothers,
Outrage and tyranny beyond all others,
By sword and flame, by recklessness and ravage,
By all that marks the fiend or moves the savage?
There, - these are works of hell!
Ye cannot wrest Heaven’s holy purpose so,
God, Christ, man, mercy, charity cry No!
Ye waste your wealth, ye maximise your woe!
List to the teachings of the Saviour’s breath,
Cease from these deeds of darkness and of death,
Restore these bloody weapons to their sheath,
And forward go!