Poem from Eliza R. Snow, 20 August 1842

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For the Wasp.
Repectfully, to President Smith, in his absence.
YOUR PORTRAIT.
by miss .
Sir, you’ve left us ‘your portrait’ that product of art—
A small specimen neatly design’d—
But ’tis only a picture, for where is the heart?
And O, where that rich jewel, the mind?
 
It is only a picture! for where is the speech,
That most noble conductor of thought
With which thou art gifted the nations to teach,
And by which we desire to be tought?
 
Sir, we look at ‘your portrait’ and see it enclos’d
In its frame like a prisoner bound,
And regret its original, thus is expos’d
To the malice of men that surround!
 
O, how strange, in this boasted, republican land,
Where all claim to be happy and free;
That a prophet of God is forbidden to stand,
And is forced like a culprit to flee!
 
’Tis a sad ‘restitution! but all things must come—
It was thus with the prophets of old:
But when you are absent, and driv’n from your home
Here’s ‘your portrait,’ your friends may behold.
, August 20, 1842. [p. [4]]
For the Wasp.
Repectfully, to President Smith, in his absence.
YOUR PORTRAIT.
by miss .
Sir, you’ve left us ‘your portrait’ that product of art—
A small specimen neatly design’d—
But ’tis only a picture, for where is the heart?
And O, where that rich jewel, the mind?
 
It is only a picture! for where is the speech,
That most noble conductor of thought
With which thou art gifted the nations to teach,
And by which we desire to be tought?
 
Sir, we look at ‘your portrait’ and see it enclos’d
In its frame like a prisoner bound,
And regret its original, thus is expos’d
To the malice of men that surround!
 
O, how strange, in this boasted, republican land,
Where all claim to be happy and free;
That a prophet of God is forbidden to stand,
And is forced like a culprit to flee!
 
’Tis a sad ‘restitution! but all things must come—
It was thus with the prophets of old:
But when you are absent, and driv’n from your home
Here’s ‘your portrait,’ your friends may behold.
, August 20, 1842. [p. [4]]
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