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First Line: Long have I beat with timid hands upon life's leaden door
Last Line: The strong demand, contend, prevail; the beggar is a fool!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Negroes; American Blacks


Long have I beat with timid hands upon life's leaden door,
Praying the patient, futile prayer my fathers prayed before,
Yet I remain without the close, unheeded and unheard,
And never to my listening ear is borne the waited word.

Soft o'er the threshold of the years there comes this counsel cool:
The strong demand, contend, prevail; the beggar is a fool!





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