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    Upon being convicted of violating the Sedition Act, he gave this speech to the court. Perhaps his most famous speech, it is often called The Bending Cross Speech and ends like this:

    I can see the dawn of a better day for humanity. The people are awakening. In due course they will come to their own.

    When the mariner, sailing over tropic seas, looks for relief from his weary watch, he turns his eyes toward the southern cross, burning luridly above the tempest-vexed ocean. As the midnight approaches, the southern cross begins to bend, and the whirling worlds change their places, and with starry finger-points the Almighty marks the passage of time upon the dial of the universe, and though no bell may beat the glad tidings, the lookout knows that the midnight is passing and that relief and rest are close at hand.

    Let the people everywhere take heart and hope everywhere, for the cross is bending, the midnight is passing, and joy cometh with the morning.

    Your Honor, I thank you, and I thank all of this Court for their courtesy, for their kindness, which I shall remember always.

    I am prepared to receive your sentence.

    Full speech here:

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

    by JayRaye on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 03:02:03 PM PST

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