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

Marie Brown Frazier, "To Langston Hughes" (1928)

To Langston Hughes

By Marie Brown Frazier 

Sing on, O Son of Africa's soil.
Let her music touch the world,
Make it feel her warm sunshine
'Til it melts their voices into thine.

Your songs burn with a fervent heat,
I even hear the tom-tom beat,
I see the palm trees swaying there
And smell the balmy tropic air.

God has giv'n this song to you
So let it ring the whole world through
'Til every soul shall hear and see
Africa's glory expressed in thee.

Published in The Messenger, February 1928

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