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Niobe

Henrietta Cordelia Ray 1852 (New York City) – 1916 (New York City)



O mother-heart! when fast the arrows flew,
Like blinding lightning, smiting as they fell,
One after one, one after one, what knell
Could fitly voice thy anguish! Sorrow grew
To throes intensest, when thy sad soul knew
Thy youngest, too, must go.
Was it not well,
Avengers wroth, just one to spare? Ay, tell
The ages of soul-struggle sterner? Through
The flinty stone, O image of despair,
Sad Niobe, thy maddened grief did flow
In bitt’rest tears, when all thy wailing prayer
Was so denied. Alas! what weight of woe
Is prisoned in thy melancholy eyes!
What mother-love beneath the Stoic lies!
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Henrietta Cordelia Ray

Henrietta Cordelia Ray (August 30, 1852 – 1916) was an African-American poet and teacher, most commonly known as Cordelia Ray. She was the sister of Charlotte E. Ray. more…

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