John Brown at age fifty  
copy of original daguerreotype ca. 1851, photographer unknown.  
Sixth plate daguerreotype by M. M. Lawrence, New York
Anonymous owner.  Digital reproduction Collection of Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom


Tossed in a bureau drawer,

a-moldering twixt the Good Lord bird

and firebell in the night

Mirrored silver put to right.

Leather and gilt measure the palm

Yardstick law would find guilty as charged

To hang by the neck until this guilty land under God

Should be forever free.






Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom, April 17, 2014