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The written and video reflections of Lowell Bliss,
Christian environmental missionary & c
limate activist

Oppression!  I have seen thee, face to face,
And met thy cruel eye and cloudy brow;
But they soul-withering glance I fear not now—
For dread to prouder feelings doth give place
Of deep abhorrence!  Scorning the disgrace
Of slavish knees that at thy footstool bow,
I also kneel—but with far other vow
Do hail thee and thy hord of hirelings base:--
I swear, while life-blood warms my throbbing veins,
Still to oppose and thwart, with heart and hand,
Thy brutalizing sway—till Afric’s chains
Are burst, and Freedom rules the rescued land,--
Trampling Oppression and his iron rod:
Such is the vow I take—SO HELP ME GOD!

--William Lloyd Garrison
from the inaugural issue of the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator
January 1, 1831