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Lucifer Whole No. 716

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that their very great decline n power is mainly due to something else than direct attacks, may conclude that pitching into them is not his proper work. That spoils him for a lesser Ingersoll; but perhaps one Ingersoll is enough, and it certainly saves him some time for other services to humanity. Mine has not been ill employed this eening if it teaches some special advocates of sex reform, labor reform and free thought, that their respectie enthusiasms all contriute a little, though only a little, to a common end, which is far less served by wrangling over their respective merits.

That there is much need of such a lesson appears evident when we actually see some Anarchists encouraging our blessed gold-bug government in applying the Sangrado method to Cuban liberation! I am truly glad they are so few. The only way it seems to me conceivable an Anarchist could want our blessed gold-bug government to ac t in the premises is-stand aside and let filibusters go to Cuba all they wish.

Nemesis herself only knows what might be the ultimate result of successful war in which America completes her ignominious attitude as the dependent ally of England, and acquires a colonial empire incapable of self-government, "on which she can only keep by means of never sets"-but which she can only keep by means of English loans and English fleets.

That the immediate results must be most unfavorable to all American radicals have been striving for since our last grand carnival of blood and fire, is too evident to need proof. The feebleness of the jingo response to our last idiotic war, in comparison with that howling outburst which the previous one evoked, must be considered a most encouraging sign. It measures the progress since 1861, produced by agencies which no individual can control, as truly as the fact that some Anarchists actually support the war does measure the slowness of this process.

"Give All to Love."


Better an outlaw than not free.-Jean Paul Richter.

I often wonder and am lost in sad astonishment that no more men and women of education, intelligence and refinement champion the cause, the great truths, you and others have so ably and long advocated at such cost. Same as 1 wondered that no more sustained Garrison it: his anti-slavery work. Have they forgotten the lessons of the poets and philosophers they so often quote "with pride, or are they ignorant of them? Or is it moral cowardice? If that is too severe a term I will soften it, and say, timid tremblers before the batteries of Mr. and Mrs. Grundy. The boy picking stones from the meadow with dilatory steps said he wasn't lazy, only physically reluctant. How hard it is for the masses to learn the real beauty and value of freedom in all things. Charles Sumner once said "We have barely stepped permanently upon the first rounds of the ladder of freedom."

Again I wonder what bottom horror could come to us, such as our timid friends prophecy, if freedom in- love should reach us on the top wave of popular favor. Should any horrid result arrive; it would be the first time freedom ever brought disaster.

The ancestors of these lugubrious souls said all horrors would come if the colonies gained their freedom in 1776; and again in 1848 and 1861 they groaned in double agony, picturing in their distorted, ignorant minds additional horrors if women were allowed to compete with men in education, labor and at the polls; and if the negro slaves were set free then all our daughters would marry "niggers." But with all the steps of progress in all the ages these unfortunate fellow beings-that with all their intolerance and cruelty deserve our pity-have proved very poor prophets.

For forty years I have known many noble, refined, cultivated men and women avowed advocates of freedom in love, from Mary Gove Nichols and husband, Thomas L. Nichols, to the v were not as good citizens and as public spirited in advancing every good to the race as our Christian neighbors floating along the current of popularity.

One of the most eminent minds in American literature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, a pod so pure and exalted that after his death the Christians made great efforts-sometimes barefaced misrepresentation-to prove him as belonging to their "set." That noble sage of Concord contributed many a gem to the world of letters. Among these is one entitled, "Give All to Love," a gem well worthy of being quoted again and again. No doubt it has been read by hundreds of thousands of persons, but I am sure very few, in comparison to the many, have fathomed its magnificent sentences, and so have not the faintest conception that it contains all the factors of freedom in love.


1. Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame,
Plans, credit and the prose --
Nothing refuse.

2. 'Tis a brave master;
Let it have scope;
Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope,
High and more high,
It dives into noon,
With wing unspent,
Untold intent.
But it is a god,
Knows its own path
And the outlets of the sky.

3. It was not for the mean,
It requireth courage stout;
Souls above doubt,
Valor unbending;
Such will reward
They shall return
Mopre than they were,
And ever ascending.
4. Leave all to love;
Yet hear me, yet
One more word thy heart behooved
One pulse more of firm endeavor;
Keep thee today,
to-morrow, forever,
Free as an Arab
Of thy beloved.

5. Cling with life to the maid;
Buty when the surprise,
First vague shadow of surmise
Flits across her bosom young
Of a joy apart from thee,
Free be she, fancy free,
Nor thou detain her vesture's hem,
Nor the palest rose she flung
From her summer diadem.

6. Though thou loved her as thyself,
As self of purer clay;
Though her parting dims the day,
Stealing grace from all alive ---
Heartily know,
When half-gods go
The gods arrive.

Allow me to suggest to your readers the careful consideration of that poem, whether they are in sympathy with your work or not.

Read it many times; digest each sentence in your mental mill until your whole mind has grasped its deepest and broadest meanings and you cannot fail to see that Emerson and the free lovers are in accord.

This poem, so charmingly expressed, is as ultra as anything Mrs. Woodhull, Mary Wollstonecraft, PaulIne Wright Davis, Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. Waisbrooker, Mr. Heywood, Harman and others ever advocated.

Emerson is not alone in uttering these: broadsides tedious, tyrannous customs of love and marriage slavery. Goethe, Burns. Shelley, Mrs. Browning, Tennyson Swinburne, Whitman, and one of our later poets, Charlotte Perkins Stetson, and many others, have all sent out their protest on the sea of literature against the worst of all slaveries, the slavery of the affections.

Are all these great minds, whose books lie on the centre tables in millions of homes, mistaken in their estimate and value of the freedom of love? Are their inspirations obscene? Does the testimony of all these Parnassian poets mean nothing to you? Then why so afraid. of freedom 1t1 love? Free love only means the emancipation of woman from the domination of man. "Keep thee today, to-morrow, forever, free as an Arab of thy beloved."

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I believe that all the virtue of the world can take care of all the evil. I believe that all the intelligence can take care of all the ignorance. --Frederick Douglass -- Speech in Equal Rights Convention in New York City. May, 1869.

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