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First Line: One drop of midnight in the dawn of life's pulsating stream
Last Line: Whose every breath is kindliness, whose hearts are purest gold.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


One drop of midnight in the dawn of life's pulsating stream
Marks her an alien from her kind, a shade amid its gleam;
Forevermore her step she bends insular, strange, apart—
And none can read the riddle of her wildly warring heart.

The stormy current of her blood beats like a mighty sea
Against the man-wrought iron bars of her captivity.
For refuge, succor, peace and rest, she seeks that humble fold
Whose every breath is kindliness, whose hearts are purest gold.





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