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The Ancient Banner

Or, Brief Sketches of Persons and Scenes in the Early History of Friends

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Author: Anonymous
Published: 1846
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,686 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 737
Added to site: 2006.10.07 14918
Genre: Poetry

Even the humble Penington, whose mind
Seemed purged and purified from all the dross
Of human nature--who appeared as meek
And harmless as an infant--was compelled
To dwell in loathsome prisons. But he had,
Though in the midst of wickedness, sublime
And holy visions of the purity,
And the true nature of Christ's living Church.
While Edmundson, the faithful pioneer
Of Truth in Ireland, was compelled to drink
Deeply of suffering for the blessed cause.
Dragged from his home, half naked, by a mob
Who laid that home in ashes, he endured
Heart-rending cruelties. But all of these,
Stars of the morning, felt oppression's hand,
And some endured it to the closing scene.
Burroughs, a noble servant of the Lord,
Whose lips and pen were eloquent for Truth,
Drew his last breath in prison. Parnel, too,
A young and valiant soldier of the Lamb,
Died, a true martyr in a dungeon's gloom.
Howgill and Hubberthorn, both ministers
Of Chris



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