Ode for Memorial Day
Ode to Ethiopia
Ol' Tunes, The
Old Apple-Tree, The
Old Cabin, The
Old Front Gate, The
Old Homestead, The
Old Memory, An
On A Clean Book
On the Death of W. C.
On The Dedication Of Dorothy Hall
On the River
On The Road
On The Sea Wall
Over The Hills
Tuskegee, Ala., April 22, 1901
Not to the midnight of the gloomy past,
Do we revert to-day; we look upon
The golden present and the future vast
Whose vistas show us visions of the dawn.
Nor shall the sorrows of departed years
The sweetness of our tranquil souls annoy,
The sunshine of our hopes dispels the tears,
And clears our eyes to see this later joy.
Not ever in the years that God hat given
Have we gone friendless down the thorny way,
Always the clouds of pregnant black were riven
By flashes from His own eternal day.
The women of a race should be its pride;
We glory in the strength our mothers had,
We glory that this strength was not denied
To labor bravely, nobly, and be glad.
God give to these within this temple here,
Clear vision of the dignity of toil,
That virtue in them may its blossoms rear
Unspotted, fragrant, from the lowly soil.
God bless the givers for their noble deed,
Shine on them with the mercy of Thy face,
Who come with open hearts to help and speed
The striving women of a struggling race.