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MA N H O O D.
" Manhood at last! and with its consciousness
Are strength and freedom."
13 TRENONT ROW.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860,
BY GEORGE COOLIDGE,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of
Electrotyped at the
Damrell & Moore, Printers, Boston.
POEMS OF MANHOOD.
MATURER Manhood now arrives,
And other thoughts come on ;
Its generous warmth is gone;
The full realities of truth;
Manhood at last!-and, with its consciousness,
Are strength and freedom ; freedom to pursue The purposes of Hope - the godlike bliss
Born in the struggle for the good and true! And every energy that should be mine,
This day I dedicate to its object, - Life! So help me Heaven, that never I resign The duty which devotes me to the strife.
“ Adam, the goodliest man of men since born
GODLIKE erect, with native honor clad,
SEE, what a grace was seated on his brow!
THE PRISON CHAPLAIN.
I saw one man, armed simply with God's Word,
Enter the souls of many fellow-men, And pierce them sharply as a two-edged sword,
While conscience echoed back his words again ;
Till, even as showers of fertilizing rain Sink through the bosom of the valley clod,
So their hearts opened to the wholesome pain, And hundreds knelt upon the flowery sod, One good man's earnest prayer the link 'twixt
them and God.
That amphitheatre of awe-struck heads
Is still before me : there the mother bows, And o'er her slumbering infant meekly sheds
Unusual tears. There, knitting his dark brows,
The penitent blasphemer utters vows Of holy import. There, the kindly man,
Whose one weak vice went near to bid him lose All he most valued when his life began, Abjures the evil course which first he blindly ran.
There, with pale eyelids heavily weighed down
By a new sense of overcoming shame,