Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
Biography of Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
Frances Cornford (1886-1960) was born and lived for most of her life in Cambridge. She was the granddaughter of Charles Darwin, and on her mother’s side was related to William Wordsworth. In 1909 she married the classicist Francis Cornford, who was to become Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge, and they had five children. Frances Cornford published eight books of poetry and two of translations. Her Collected Poems (1954) was the Choice of the Poetry Book Society, and in 1959 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
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Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer Poems
Jim Crow Cars
If within the cruel Southland you have chanced to take a ride, You the Jim Crow cars have noticed, how they crush a Negro's pride,
Have you ever heard of lynching in the great United States? 'Tis an awful, awful story that the Negro man relates, How the mobs the laws have trampled, both the human and divine, In their killing helpless people as their cruel hearts incline.
The Negro Ballot
Can America be reckoned as the country of the free? In the light of recent actions 'tis a truth that's hard to see.
Injustice Of The Courts
Whites alone upon the jury in a number of the states, Thus they crush a helpless Negro with their prejudicial hates;
How strangely blind is prejudice, the Negro's greatest foe! It never fails to see the wrong but naught of good can know.
The sixties brought a clash of arms— The mem'ry of it thrills and charms— While Negro slaves for freedom prayed,
A Notable Dinner
Once the nation's chief was honored by the company of one, Who to lift a fallen people had a work of worth begun,
The Eutawville Lynching
In the State of 'Old Palmetto,' from the town of Eutawville, Comes a voice of pain and anguish that refuses to be still.
Down in history we find it and in grandest works of art, How the men on fields of battle play so well the soldier's part,
Birthday Wishes To A Physician
Birthday greetings From a friend, All thy meetings Peace attend.
Have you heard, my friend, the slander that the Negro has to face? Immorality, the grossest, has been charged up to his race.
When Egypt said, 'Exterminate The males among the Jews, Fair Goshen's land make desolate And bid them glad adieus:'
Loyalty To The Flag
In the love of home and country and the flag of Uncle Sam, Can the loyalty be doubted of a dusky son of Ham?
Must Be Freed
The ante-bellum Negro prayed, For God to intercede, And God in answer to him said, 'Your children shall be freed.'
A Notable Dinner
Once the nation's chief was honored by the company of one,
Who to lift a fallen people had a work of worth begun,
Lofty things had he accomplished for a race so long despised,
In a land where naught but color by the whites are ever prized.
Booker Washington, the teacher, with the president has dined,
Southern whites it gave convulsions, for to such they're not inclined,
'Tis the color, not achievements, that their fancies recognize,
Whites alone receive their plaudits, Negro worth they