Lord of his little freehold, teach to prize
His deep responsibilities, and deem
His own rights sacred as the rights of monarchs.
But should the voice of warning not be heard;
Should this devoted nation, left of God,
Worship hell's blackest demon, lawless power;
And driven by pride and wrath, precipitate
Her hasty strides, through streams of kindred blood
Hastening to dissolution—Then, Oh then
May thy just spirit, gentle, humble, firm,
Marking with pitying eye the storm of wrath,
Rise peaceful to its native heaven,
All buoyant on the wing of spotless liberty."
In 1775, Omai, a native of Waieta, was brought to Eng¬
land. Granville Sharp hoping through him to benefit his
native land, sought his acquaintance and devoted a portion
of leisure to his instruction. At one of their meetings, the
following conversation took place.- Omai, like all his peo¬
ple, was addicted to polygamy, and had no idea of its
cruelty and turpitude—but he was endowed with that
native intelligence, that natural power of discriminating
between right and wrong, which is independent of learn¬
ing, and which is often fairest in the most uncultivated
minds. Granville Sharp thus records the conversation :
" When sitting with him at table one day after dinner, I
thought it a good opportunity to explain to him the ten
commandments. I proceeded with tolerable success, in
reciting the first six. He had nothing to object against
any of them, though many explications were required, be¬
fore he understood all the terms; and he freely nodded his
assent. But when I recited the seventh commandment,
'Thou shalt not commit adultery;' he cried, ' Adultery !
what that ? what that ?'
"It is I said, that if a man has got one wife, he must
not take another wife, or any other woman. ' Oh,' said he,
1 two wives, very good—three wives, very, very good.'
No, Omai, said I, not so—that would be contrary to the
first principle of the law of nature. ' First principle of law
of nature,' said he, ' what that ? what that V The first
principle of the law of nature is, I said, that no man must
do to another person, any thing that he would not like to be