Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan


The yellow fever was raging,
      Down in the sunny south;
And in many of the cities,
      There was a death at every house.
This plague a war was raging,
      With the lives of people there;
The young and old were stricken down,
      And lay in sad despair.

No comfort, all was misery
      In many a southern home.
Where once was peace and quietness,
      Now in distress are thrown;
For death the house has visited,
      And caused the inmates to mourn
The loss of some dear loving friend,
      That on earth no more shall roam.

Some people in delirium,
      Have wandered from their home;
Have wandered to a vacant house,
      And there have died alone,
With no kind friend to care for them,
      Or close their dying eyes.
Oh God! in horrid misery
      Hundreds of people died.

There were many whole families
      Taken down sick in a day;
With no one to care for them,
      In death they passed away.
Their spirits arose to God above,
      Where sickness is no more;
Where peace and comfort ever reign,
      On Heaven's blissful shore.

There is many a southern city
      To-day is filled with woe,
And many of the inhabitants
      Have wandered to and fro
To nurse the sick and dying --
      The dead for the grave prepare.
They tried to do their duty,
      With hearts filled with despair.

The Howard Association
      Have been doing all they can,
To keep the "plague" from raging
      Throughout the southern land;
They nursed the sick, they fed the poor,
      They work both night and day,
This brave band in the southern scourge
      Heroic courage display.

This noble band of charity
      Have went from house to house,
To ease the sad misery of
      The sufferers at the south;
Sad scenes of death and suffering
      Each day they must endure,
As in the daily rounds they went
      Among the afflicted poor.

The noble northern people
      Have helped them all they can,
In money, food and clothing
      Which they had at their command;
There is many a southern person
      That will bless this Howard band,
For their noble deeds of charity
      To the sufferers of their land.

Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A. Moore ,
ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).
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