Like one lone pine against the blast, he stood

Fighting for oneness, one humanity;

Seeing the vision of a brotherhood

Where men as brothers know love's alchemy.

Against discordant patterns of his time

His giant soul rebelled. Through every squall

He steered the ship of State. The gyves of crime

Wounded and scarred his heart. He heard the call

Of brother-man within the chrysalis

Of ebony, and dared to strike the blow

That broke the slavery-chains, bridged the abyss

Of race, and birthed a nation-soul whose glow,

Enhanced by time, lends hope to other lands.

Majestic as the pine this giant stands.