Songs For The People By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Songs For The People By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Let me make the songs for the people,   Songs for the old and young;Songs to stir like a battle-cry   Wherever they are sung. Not for the clashing of sabres,   For carnage nor for strife;But songs to thrill the hearts of men   With more abundant life. Let […]

The Slave Mother By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The Slave Mother By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Heard you that shriek? It roseSo wildly on the air,It seemed as if a burden’d heartWas breaking in despair. Saw you those hands so sadly clasped–The bowed and feeble head–The shuddering of that fragile form–That look of grief and dread? Saw you the sad, imploring eye?Its every […]

Learning To Read By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Learning To Read By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Very soon the Yankee teachers Came down and set up school; But, oh! how the Rebs did hate it,— It was agin’ their rule. Our masters always tried to hide Book learning from our eyes; Knowledge didn’t agree with slavery—‘Twould make us all too wise. But some […]