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Poem by Alice Dunbar-Nelson


To the Negro Farmers of the United States


God washes clean the souls and hearts of you,
His favored ones, whose backs bend oer the soil,
Which grudging gives to them requite for toil
In sober graces and in vision true.
God places in your hands the powr to do
A service sweet. Your gift supreme to foil
The bare-fanged wolves of hunger in the moil
Of Lifes activities. Yet all too few
Your glorious band, clean sprung from Natures heart;
The hope of hungry thousands, in whose breast
Dwells fear that you should fail. God placed no dart
Of war within your hands, but powr to start
Tears, praise, love, joy, enwoven in a crest
To crown you glorious, brave ones of the soil.



Alice Dunbar-Nelson


Alice Dunbar-Nelson's other poems:
  1. Impressions
  2. Amid the Roses
  3. Paul to Virginia
  4. Chalmetle
  5. Three Thoughts


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