The Answer Poem by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

The Answer

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Men and boys, O fathers, brothers,
Burst these fetters round you bound.
Women, sisters, wives and mothers,
Lift your faces from the ground!
O Democracy, O People,
East and West and North and South,
Rise together, one for ever,
Strike this Crime upon the mouth!
Bid them not, the men who loved you,
Those who fought for you and died,
Scorn you that you broke a small Crime,
Left a great Crime pass in pride!
England, France, the played-out countries,
Let them reek there in their stew,
Let their past rot out their present,
But the Future is with you!
O America, O first-born
Of the age that yet shall be
Where all men shall be as one man,
Noble, faithful, fearless, free! —
O America, O paramour
Of the foul slave-owner Pelf,
You who saved from slavery others,
Now from slavery save yourself! —
Save yourself, though, anguish-shaken,
You cry out and bow your head,
Crying 'Why am I forsaken?'
Crying 'It is finishèd!'
Save yourself, no God will save you;
Not one angel can he give!
They and He are dead and vanished,
And 'tis you, 'tis you must live!
Risen again, fire-tried, victorious,
From the grave of Crime down-hurled,
Peerless, pure, serene and glorious,
Wield the sceptre of the world!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
James Mclain 06 August 2017

While the crack of dawn has found yourselves many miles away.. iip

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Susan Williams 06 August 2017

O America, O first-born Of the age that yet shall be Where all men shall be as one man, Noble, faithful, fearless, free! —- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Oh, if we'd only live up to these words

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Kumarmani Mahakul 06 August 2017

Great write. Touching theme. Congratulation to his soul.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 06 August 2017

This poem is interesting.. thanks for posting...

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Edward Kofi Louis 06 August 2017

Why am i forsaken? Crying! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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