A Tribute to John Brown  

by J. G. Waters

Read at a reception in Topeka in honor of Mrs. Mary A. Brown, widow of John Brown.

Against this crime of crimes he fought and fell;
He freed a race and found a prison cell;
In mid-air hung upon the gibbet's tree,
But lived and died, thank God, to make men free.

And dusky men the ages down will tell,
For what he fought and how he bravely fell;
And dim the jewels in each earthly crown,
Beside the luster of thy name, John Brown.


Barrington, F. H.
Kansas Day
(Topeka: Geo. W. Crane & Company. 1892)

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