What inspiring men, who believed in biblical justice, applied it to their own lives, and established righteous laws. William Wilberforce doggedly presented his bill to abolish slavery over 18 years, finally succeeding in 1807.
Brazen slavers cracked lead-tipped whips,
split black skin in tight-packed ships,
dark hopeless horizon, haunting eclipse.
Slave-chants sounded in cruel cotton-fields;
absent angels and avenging swords, no shields:
branded by bastards, rape made them yield.
That cruelty contested in distant Lords,
logic, legalities, passionate pleas outpoured:
heart and mind energised by God’s Word.
Loyal lobbyists pulled political puppet-strings:
caricatures mocked saviours, barbs and stings –
commoners signatures confounded the king.
Finally the freedom Bill passed with fanfare,
many hurrahs warmed abstract chamber air;
tears of praise fell for the answered prayer.
Frock-coated, top hatted, fellowship friends,
a snowball fight Members then contend
Wilberforce asked “what next to upend…?”
Wilberforce—dubbed “the prime minister of a cabinet of philanthropists”—was at one time active in support of 69 philanthropic causes. He gave away one-quarter of his annual income to the poor. He fought on behalf of chimney sweeps, single mothers, Sunday schools, orphans, and juvenile delinquents.