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Here is my small Best ofintentionally scant and in no order; if I were to expand poems this list, I would agonize too http://sanddudele.tk/review/neon-dreams.php about who I excluded. Bit my pretty modern heart in two. This is one of those poems that posms good on the tongue, both the language and the content visceral and deeply affecting.
Heart of what slave poured out such melody As "Steal away to Jesus"? On its strains His spirit must have nightly floated free, Though still about his hands he felt his chains.
What merely living clod, what captive thing, Could up toward God through all its darkness grope, And find within its deadened eye to modern These songs of sorrow, love, and faith, and hope?
How did it catch that subtle undertone, That note in music heard not with the ears? How sound the elusive reed so poems blown, Which stirs the soul or melts the heart to tears. Not that great German master peat his dream Of harmonies that thundered amongst the stars At the creation, ever modern a theme Nobler than "Go down, Moses. Such are the notes that men have sung Going to valorous deeds; such tones there were That helped make history when Poems was young.
There is a wide, wide wonder in it all, That from degraded rest and servile toil The fiery spirit of the seer should call These simple children of the sun and soil. O black slave singers, gone, forgot, unfamed, You—you alone, of all the long, long line Of those who've sung untaught, unknown, unnamed, Have stretched out click at this page, seeking the divine.
You sang not deeds of heroes or of kings; No chant of bloody war, no exulting pean Of arms-won triumphs; but your humble strings You touched in chord with music empyrean. You sang far better than you knew; the songs That for your listeners' hungry hearts sufficed Still live,—but more than this to cream belongs: You sang a race from wood and stone to Christ.
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