Let me tell thee, gracious princess ; 'tips no
Sudden freak nor impulse wild that moves my mind.
I feel an earnest purpose binding all
My soul unto a strong resolve, which bids
Me put aside all other ends and aims,
Until the hour shall come when God—the God
Our fathers loved and worshipped—shall break our I
And lead our willing feet to freedom.
Listen to me, Moses : thou art young,
And the warm blood of youth flushes thy veins
Like generous wine ; thou weariest thy manhood
Like a crown; but what king e'er cast
His diadem in the dust, to be trampled Down by every careless foot? Thou hast
Bright dreams and glowing hopes ; could'st thou not
Them out as well beneath the radiance
Of our throne as in the shadow of those
Within those darkened huts my mother plies her tasks,
My father bends to unrequited toil;
And bitter tears moisten the bread my brethren eat.
And when I gaze upon their cruel wrongs