Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance: African American Women Writers 1900-1922

His Answer

He prayed for patience; Care and Sorrow came,
   And dwelt with him, grim and unwelcome guests;
He felt their galling presence night and day;
And wondered if the Lord had heard him pray.
   And why his life was filled with weariness.

He prayed again; and now he prayed for light;
   The darkness parted, and the light shone in;
And lo! he saw the answer to his prayer —
His heart had learned, through weariness and care,
   The patience, that he deemed he'd sought in vain. 

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