Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poems of Henry W. Longfellow. New York: A.L. Burt Co., 1901, page 229-230

Beside the ungathered rice he lay,
  His sickle in his hand;
His breast was bare, his matted hair
  Was buried in the sand.
Again, in the mist and shadow of
  He saw his Native Land.
Wide through the landscape of his
  The lordly Niger flowed;
Beneath the palm-trees on the plain
  Once more a king he strode,
And heard the tinkling caravans
  Descend the mountain-road.
He saw once more his dark-eyed,
  Among her children stand;
They clasped his neck, they kissed
     his cheeks,
  They held him by the hand!--
A tear burst from the sleeper's lids
  And fell into the sand.
And then at furious speed he rode
  Along the Niger's bank;
His bridle-reins were golden chains,
  And, with a martial clank,
At each leap he could feel his scab
     bard of steel
  Smiting his stallion's flank.
Before him, like a blood-red flag,
  The bright-flamingoes flew;
From morn till night he followed
     their flight,
  O'er plains where the tamarind
Till he saw the roofs of Caffre huts,
  And the ocean rose to view.
At night he heard the lion roar,
  And the hyena scream,
And the river-horse, as he crushed
     the reeds
  Beside some hidden stream;
And it passed, like a glorious roll of
  Through the triumph of his
The forests, with their myriad
  Shouted of liberty;
And the Blast of the Desert cried
  With a voice so wild and free,
That he started in his sleep and
  At their tempestuous gleed.
He did not feel the driver's whip,
  Nor the burning heat of day;
For Death had illumined the Land
     of Sleep.
  And his lifeless body lay
A worn out fetter, that the soul
  Had broken and thrown away!


The Good Part, That Shall Not Be Taken Away.