|THE AFRO-AMERICAN WOMAN IN VERSE.|
|A REST BEYOND.|
BY MISS KATIE D. CHAPMAN.
If this world were all, and no
Glorious thought of a Divine
Hereafter did comfort me, then
Life with too much pain were
Fraught and misery.
I should not care to live another
Day, with burdened heart and naught
To cheer my soul upon its lonely way,
From year to year.
So many cares beset me on my way;
So many griefs confront me in the
Road, how wretched I, no hope,
No faith to-day, in Heaven and God.
The friends I love, for whom my life
Is spent, do oft misjudge and rob
Me of their love. Ah, if I had
No hope in Jesus, sent down from above!
Why should I care to stay in such
A race? far rather give the
Bitter struggle o'er and die,
Caring not to face what the
Future hath in store.93But just beyond is Heaven's
Eternal shore, a mansion
Waiteth for each sincere soul,
A blessed rest forever more
Is at the goal.
Of the history of these sweet singers we know but little. Of Miss Jackson, Miss Johnson, and Miss Chapman, naught but their song. Mrs. Frances A. Parker, we learn, purposes bringing out a pamphlet of her collected writings, bearing the title, "Woman's Noble Work."
Mrs. Lucy Hughes Brown, the author of the two sweet poems, "Thoughts on Retiring" and "A Retrospect," is a graduate from Scotia Seminary, N.C.; later as the wife of Rev. David Brown, of the Presbyterian church, Wilmington, N.C., she was enabled to do much philanthropical work for her race. Mrs. Brown received the degree of M.D. from the Women's Medical College, Philadelphia, March, '94.
Miss Alice Ruth Moore, through a complimentary editorial in the Woman's Era , we learn, is a Southerner by birth, and we feel that the Era has voiced our own sentiments in so cordially thanking the editor of the Monthly Review for introducing to us this charming writer.
During the year 1859, there was published in New York City, that Mecca of authors and editors, The