49 - "Formerly a Slave" "Formerly a Slave." An idealized Portrait, by E. Vedder, in the Spring Exhibi- tion of the National Academy, 1865. The sufferance of her race is shown, And retrospect of life, Which now too late deliverance dawns upon; Yet is she not at strife. Her children's children they shall know The good withheld from her; And so her reverie takes prophetic cheer— In spirit she sees the stir Far down the depth of thousand years, And marks the revel shine; Her dusky face is lit with sober light, Sibylline, yet benign.