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Our shadow of disgrace which tarnished long a race his fame , until she blush at her own name , and now she stands unbanned and free in that full light of liberty soon not her past cries out a host nor of her future stand and boast oblivion Bihar aimed for goal in which to cleanse her ethnic soul and coming out a creature new on life’s arena stand in view but stand with no identity all robbed of personality. Perhaps this is the noble way to teach that wished for brighter day yet show the good which she has done be silenced all and never sung .
And she had no inspirations to elevate her expectations from singing I cannot refrain please part this my humble strewn with cheeks as soft as roses are and yet as brown as chestnuts dark and that borrow from a star tranquil yet a brilliant spark or face of all live with the glow of Carmine on the lip and cheek the hair in and we’ve let’s falling low with the jet or hazel eyes that speak or brow of pure Caucasian hue with Auburn or with flax in hair and eyes that beam in liquid blue a perfect type of Saxon fair behold this strange this well known made of every hue of every shade. We find this maiden everywhere from a wild and sun kissed Mexico to wear the Rocky Mountains rear their snow peaked heads in Idaho from east to west , she makes her home from Carolina’s pine clad state across the plains she’s still dark room to California’s Golden Gate yet roaming not as Gypsy made nor as the savage red men’s child but seeking air the loving shade of home and civil habits smiled a daughter of Futurity . The problem of the age is she .
And why should she be strange today why called the problem of the age. Not so when slavery held its way and she was like a bird in a cage . She was a normal creature then and in her true allotted place giving her life to fellow men a proud and avaricious race but now a child of liberty of independent womanhood , the world in wonder looks to see if in her there is any good if this new child after America can dwell in the free Colombia .
America. Her home is here she wants or knows no other home no other lands north nor far nor near can charm or tempt her to Rome her destiny is marked out here . Her ancestors like all the rest came from the eastern hemisphere , but she is a native of the West .
She’ll lend a hand to Africa and in her elevation aid but here in Brave America her home. Her only home is made . No one has power to send her hence this home was planned by Providence .
Whatever other women do in any sphere of a busy life we find her though in numbers few engaged heroine back in the strife in song and music she can soar , she writes , she paints and sculptures well the fine arts seem to smile on her in elocution she’ll excel in medicine. She has much skill . She is an educator too she lifts her voice against the still to Christ she tries man’s soul to woo in love and patience . She is seen in her own home a blessing Queen .
0 ye her brothers husbands friends be brave be true : be sure and a strong 4 on your manly strength depends her from security from Rome.
Oh , let her strong right arm. Be bold . And on that lovely courtesy , which marked the Chevalier maze of old buttress her home with love and care secure her those amenities , which makes a woman’s life most dear give her your warmest sympathies thus higher her aspirations raise 4 Noble their deeds in coming days .
Canadian a shawl performed ask America by Mary E Ashley completing our selection of works featured in the anthology the portable 19th century African American women writers I’m Mike Pence Ali. Thank you for joining me for selected shorts .
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