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

Effie Lee Newsome (Mary Effie Lee), "The Lord" (1927)

The Lord
By Effie Lee Newsome

Bring to me your heart all bleeding
When have I been known to mock men’s tears,
To scoff at men because their hearts were full,
Despise them in their grief?
I am the Comforter.
I make the lilies.
I am the merciful.
Hope in me.
Bring unto me the wounds that throb,
The sorrows of which you would not whisper.
I have known tears myself.
Tears cannot anger me.

Published in The Crisis, May 1927

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