To feed my soul with beauty till I die; To give my hands a pleasant task to do; To keep my heart forever filled anew With dreams and wonders which the days supply; To love all conscious living, and thereby Respect the brute who renders up its due, And know the world as planned is good and true— And thus —because
William Stanley Braithwaite
William Stanley Braithwaite, born December 6, 1878, was a poet, literary critic, editor, and anthologist. His books include Selected Poems (Coward-McCann, 1948), The House of Falling Leaves with Other Poems (John W. Luce & Co., 1908), and Lyrics of Life and Love (Herbert B. Turner & Co., 1904). Braithwaite was awarded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Arthur B. Spingarn Award for his achievements in literature. He died in his home in Harlem, New York, on June 8, 1962.