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

Countee Cullen, "Lines Written in Jerusalem" (1927)

Lines Written in Jerusalem

A CITY builded on a hill may flaunt
Its glory in the sunken valley’s face,
And ways the Nazarene has trod may vaunt
A credible inheritance of grace.
Your very stones, Jerusalem, can sing:
“He would have taken us beneath His wing.”

 August 1926

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