The Book of American Negro Poetry: Chosen and Edited, with an Essay on the Negro's Creative Genius

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W. E. Burghardt Du Bois

A LITANY OF ATLANTA

Done at Atlanta, in the Day of Death, 1906

    O Silent God, Thou whose voice afar in mist and mys-
tery hath left our ears an-hungered in these fearful days—
          Hear us, good Lord!

    Listen to us, Thy children: our faces dark with doubt
are made a mockery in Thy sanctuary. With uplifted
hands we front Thy heaven, O God, crying:
          We beseech Thee to hear us, good Lord!

    We are not better than our fellows, Lord, we are but
weak and human men. When our devils do deviltry,
curse Thou the doer and the deed : curse them as we curse
them, do to them all and more than ever they have done
to innocence and weakness, to womanhood and home.
          Have mercy upon us, miserable sinners?

    And yet whose is the deeper guilt? Who made these
devils? Who nursed them in crime and fed them on in-
justice ? Who ravished and debauched their mothers and
their grandmothers? Who bought and sold their crime,
and waxed fat and rich on public iniquity?
          Thou knowest, good God!

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface vii
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar 3
  • James Edwin Campbell 17
  • James D. Corrothers 27
  • Daniel Webster Davis 39
  • William H. a. Moore 43
  • W. E. Burghardt Du Bois 49
  • George Marion McClellan 55
  • William Stanley Braithwaite 59
  • George Reginald Margetson 69
  • James Weldon Johnson 73
  • John Wesley Holloway 93
  • Leslie Pinckney Hill 101
  • Edward Smyth Jones 107
  • Ray G. Dandridge 109
  • Fenton Johnson 117
  • R. Nathaniel Dett 125
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson 127
  • Claude McKay 133
  • Joseph S. Cotter, Jr 151
  • Roscoe C. Jamison 159
  • Jessie Fauset 161
  • Anne Spencer 167
  • Alex Rogers 175
  • Waverley Turner Carmichael 181
  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson 183
  • Charles Bertram Johnson 185
  • Otto Leland Bohanan 189
  • Theodore Henry Shackelford 191
  • Lucian B. Watkins 193
  • Benjamin Brawley 197
  • Joshua Henry Jones, Jr 201
  • Appendix 203
  • Appendix 205
  • Biographical Index of Authors 209
  • Index of Titles 215
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