African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Carrie Williams Clifford, "Duty's Call" (1911)

Come, all ye women, come!
Help 'till the work is done.
Help to uplift!
We must sin's blight remove,
By deeds of kindness prove
The wondrous power of love.
God's greatest gift.

We must remove the ban
Placed on our fellow-man,
Thro' Satan's power;
Let us as one unite.
Darkness and wrong to fight.
Then will the glorious light
Break in God's hour.

'Tis now, we must begin;
If we our cause would win;
The foe is strong;
But we can make him quake.
His forces swerve and break
When we old earth shall shake
With victory's song.

Published in Race Rhymes, 1911

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