Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Formerly A Slave - Poem by Herman Melville

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.

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  • Gold Star - 14,334 Points Susan Williams (10/31/2015 3:27:00 PM)

    There is a stately grace and beauty to this poem and this woman that is so moving (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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