Annotations in Verse – [Annotations in Verse]

[A]
WISDOM and Science----honor’d Powers!
Pardon the truth a sinner tells;
I owe my dearest, raptured hours
To FOLLY with her cap and bells.------

[B]
GRANT me, indulgent Heaven, that I may live
To see the miscreants feel the pains they give:
Deal Freedom's sacred treasures free as air,
Till SLAVE and DESPOT be but things which were!

[C]
PERISH their names, however great or brave,
Who in the DESPOT’s cursed errands bleed!
But who for FREEDOM fills a hero’s grave,
Fame with a Seraph-pen, record the glorious deed!

[D]
LOVE’s records, written on a heart like mine,
Not Time’s last effort can efface a line.
R. B.