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Martin Tupper Writes Out Four Verses Of His Poem "Liberia to America"

Autograph Poem Signed "Martin F. Tupper." 3pp of a bifolium, measuring 4.5" x 7". Albury, England, September 3, 1857. Entitled "Liberia to America", the poem urges America to support and recognize the new country to Liberia. With flattened folds and small separations starting at folds and edges. Medium sized tear at the lower centerfold. Minor soiling. Boldly signed.

In full:

Foster-mother, shrewd & stern

Favour yet they sable child, - 
Graciously & frankly turn
With a heart well-reconcil'd:
Be not Thou the last to bid
Africa's young hope Godspeed, - 
Let not all thy love be hid
From they daughter's day of need.

England, with maternal heart
Cheers us on, & clears our way;
And her Bayard's generous part
France had nobly will'd to play:
Wherefore then the last art Thou
Thus to recognize our claim, - 
Equal, & fraternal now, 
Free in State, & race, & name?

Have we not deserved right well
Of Mankind, & Thee, forsooth?
Is it but a boast to tell
That our progress helps The Truth?
Be not then the last to look
Kindly on Liberia’s light, -
Quickened by the Blessed Book
And made glorious by The Right.

Great America, behold!
Thou, through us, shalt cure anon
Man’s deep leprosy of old
Noah’s curse on Ham’s dark son.
Be not then the last to send
Generous greeting o’er the waves, -
But with gracious glance befriend
Thine own sons, no longer slaves!

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