The Pine-tree





Written on hearing that the Anti-Slavery Resolves of Stephen C. Phillips

had been rejected by the Whig Convention in Faneuil Hall, in 1846.



LIFT again the stately emblem on the Bay State's

rusted shield,

Give to Northern winds the Pine-Tree on our banner's

tattered field.

Sons of men who sat in council with their Bibles

round the board,

Answering England's royal missive with a firm,

"Thus saith the Lord!"

Rise again for home and freedom! set the battle

in array!

What the fathers did of old time we their sons

must do to-day.



Tell us not of banks and tariffs, cease your paltry

pedler cries;

Shall the good State sink her honor that your

gambling stocks may rise?

Would ye barter man for cotton? That your

gains may sum up higher,

Must we kiss the feet of Moloch, pass our children

through the fire?

Is the dollar only real? God and truth and right

a dream?

Weighed against your lying ledgers must our manhood

kick the beam?



O my God! for that free spirit, which of old in

Boston town

Smote the Province House with terror, struck the

crest of Andros down!

For another strong-voiced Adams in the city's

streets to cry,

"Up for God and Massachusetts! Set your feet

on Mammon's lie!

Perish banks and perish traffic, spin your cotton's

latest pound,

But in Heaven's name keep your honor, keep the

heart o' the Bay State sound!"

Where's the man for Massachusetts! Where's

the voice to speak her free?

Where's the hand to light up bonfires from her

mountains to the sea?

Beats her Pilgrim pulse no longer? Sits she dumb

in her despair?

Has she none to break the silence? Has she none

to do and dare?

O my God! for one right worthy to lift up her

rusted shield,

And to plant again the Pine-Tree in her banner's

tattered field

1840.





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