“….what injustice shall we next upend…”

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.

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Brazen slavers cracked lead-tipped whips,

split black skin in tight packed ships,

hopeless the horizon, Atlantic sun’s eclipse.

 

Slave-chants sounded from cruel cotton-fields;

absent all angels, symbolic swords and shields,

branded by bastards, slaves raped to yield.

 

Cruelty contested in the House of Lords,

logic, legalities, passionate pleas poured:

heart, soul and mind energised by Word.

 

Loyal lobbyists pulled puppet-strings:

caricatures mocked, barbs and stings –

but multi-thousand signatures sweetly sing.

 

Finally the Abolition Bill passed with fanfare,

many hurrahs hallowed parliamentary air;

tears of praise thanked answered prayer.

 

Frock-coated, top hatted, with firm friends,

boyish snowball fight now must contend

“….what injustice shall we next upend…”

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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.

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