Birthday Wishes to a Physician

Original Text: 
Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer, Prejudice Unveiled and Other Poems (Boston: Roxburgh, 1907), pp. 115-16. Facsimile edition in Collected Black Women's Poetry, vol. 3, ed. Joan R. Sherman (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988). PS591 N4C57 1988 v. 3 c. 1 Robarts Library.
1Birthday greetings
2From a friend,
3All thy meetings
4Peace attend.
5Time extended
6Be thy store,
7Bliss appended
8Evermore.
9Did the flowers
10Born of May,
11From their bowers
12Choose a day?
13Music ringing,
14On the air,
15Flowers springing
16Everywhere.
17Chanting gayly,
18Five and eight,
19Make the day we
20Celebrate.
21Where's the doctor?
22Can you tell,
23How she make her
24Patients well?
25Soul of beauty,
26Day by day,
27To her duty
28Hies away.
29With the sickest,
30Day and night,
31In the thickest
32Of the fight.
33Heaven's treasure
34Be thine end,
35Is the measure
36Of a friend.
Publication Start Year: 
1907
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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