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Amphony I

 

Do not slay my soul!
And deprive my melody of what is me

For I sing the lyric poem of many generations

Of Black folk who like you want to be free." 

 -- Do Not Slay My Soul!

 

"I am outraged
The killer's seeds have been sown

The harvest of murdered children

is Black sinew and Black bones." 

-- I am Outraged

 

"Shall I single out one person
Out from all the rest
To blame for this great tragedy
The murdering of our best?"
-- Who is to Blame?

 

"So what, if I weep forever,
Have I not the right?

Lost is my source of strength,

Deep affliction burns in my veins,

Heavy is my heart;

Deep is my distress, for

Grief is my constant companion."

 -- So What, If I Weep Forever