A Poem From Memorials of Baptist Martyrs by John Newton Brown (1854)

johnnewtonbrownSeven hundred years, seven hundred years,
Since Truth and Rome together strove;
Since Heaven beheld Italia’s tears,
And ARNOLD spoke the words we love
He spoke;—and Italy arose,
Thrilled by her prophet’s voice of flame;
Religion triumphed o’er her foes,
And Freedom sung her ARNOLD’S name
But ah, the Martyr’s voice was hushed,
His ashes strewed the Tiber’s flood;
Truth, Freedom, Right, by Power were crushed,
And Rome was drunk with holy blood!

by John Newton Brown, 1854


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