Whittier's Complete Poems, vol 1

Whittier's Complete Poems, vol 1
Narrative Poems

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Whittier's Complete Poems, vol 1 by John Greenleaf Whittier

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ather's train, and the

maidens of her bower;
And she hath gone to the Vaudois vales by lordly

feet untrod,
Where the poor and needy of earth are rich in the

perfect love of God!
1830.

THE FEMALE MARTYR.

Mary G-----, aged eighteen, a "Sister of Charity," died in one of our Atlantic cities, during the prevalence of the Indian cholera, while in voluntary attendance upon the sick.

"BRING out your dead!" The midnight street
Heard and gave back the hoarse, low call;
Harsh fell the tread of hasty feet,
Glanced through the dark the coarse white sheet,
Her coffin and her pall.
"What--only one!" the brutal hack-man said,
As, with an oath, he spurned away the dead.

How sunk the inmost hearts of all,
As rolled that dead-cart slowly by,
With creaking wheel and harsh hoof-fall!
The dying turned him to the wall,
To hear it and to die!
Onward it rolled; while oft its driver stayed,
And hoarsely cla

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