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    IN MEMORIAM FREDERICK DOUGLASS.   Table of Contents     EARLY SPRING.

Bibb, Eloise
Poems

- IN MEMORY OF ARTHUR CLEMENT WILLIAMS.


IN MEMORY OF ARTHUR CLEMENT WILLIAMS.


"Alas! That such a soul should taste of
death,"
Such lofty genius fade for want of breath,
Such wit find refuge 'mong the mournful,
dead,--
Such brains lie silent in that narrow bed.

O, let the Negro weep most bitter tears!
Our brightest star from earth now disappears;
He would have stretched Ethiopia's hand
to God
Had Death not early placed him 'neath
the sod.

Ne'er breathed a man who saw that classic
brow,
That did not then within himself allow
He saw a fixed desire to raise his race,
Imprinted on that noble, comely face.
There is one thought that pains me much
to-night.
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Although of him I sing and sometimes
write,
I did not know this brave and gifted one,
This gallant youth,--this good, obedient
son.

Yet, ne'er-the-less, I sighed when others
sighed;
I wept to think of fondest hopes denied--
Of fleeting joys, of earthly woes and cares,
Of all that mother's tears and anxious
prayers.

That soul so loved by all now rests in peace,
He's happy there where cares and sorrows
cease;
In that celestial home he dwells to-night,
That place of love, of joy, of dazzling light.

(Son of Mrs. S. F. Williams. Written for the anniversary of his twenty-second birthday, August 23, 1891.)

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    IN MEMORIAM FREDERICK DOUGLASS.   Table of Contents     EARLY SPRING.