Poetry from the Liberia Herald (1842-1857)

The Corpus and Principles of Selection

The selection of poetry from the Liberia Herald (1842-1857) is taken from the digitized copies of the newspaper that are available at Archive.org.

The list below provides a preliminary overview. The aim is to compile all poems that meet one or both of the following critieria:

  • written especially for the Liberia Herald (usually by Liberians);
  • clear connection to Liberia in terms of theme or topic.

Poems by 'non-Liberians' are marked with an asterisk (*) in the final column below.

 

Year Author Title Source *
1842 Anonymous "Land of the mighty dead!" Liberia Herald 12.2 (23.12.1842): 8.  
1843 Thompson, Mary W. "Ethiop's sons their home are seeking" Liberia Herald 12.6 (3.5.1843): 24.  
1843 Anonymous: S—. "Lines to My Wife"

 

Liberia Herald 12.8 (30.09.1843): 32.  
1845 Anonymous

"Catch the Proud Spirit"

Liberia Herald 14.5 (28.11.1845): 20.  
1847 Wall, H. L.

"Lines Written on Seeing Cape Mount"

Liberia Herald 16.2 (2.12.1847): 8.  
1848 Stryker, R. L.

"Hail this day Liberia's sons"

Liberia Herald 16.11 (25.8.1848): 44  
1848 Tupper, Martin Farquhar

"A National Anthem for Liberia in Africa: Being a Freewill Offering in the Cause of Wise Emancipation"

first published in 1848 / Liberia Herald 17.5 (28.2.1849): 44 *
1849 Stryker, R. L. (? - only initials given: R. L. S.)

"The Lone Star"

Liberia Herald 17.11 (28.09.1849): 44  
1849 Anonymous: T. G. S.

"Reflections"

Liberia Herald 17.12 (19.10.1849): 48  
1849 Anonymous: T. G. S.

"Lines Adopted to the Condition of the Surrounding Tribes"

Liberia Herald 18.1 (20.11.1849): 48  
1850 Tupper, Martin Farquhar

"The Liberian Church: A Sonnet"

first published in (?) / Liberia Herald 1.2 (21.8.1850): 6 *
1851 Anonymous: S.

"We mourn for the youthful dead"

Liberia Herald 2.7 (6.11.1851): 23  
1853 Anonymous: Africanus

"Come true Liberians"

Liberia Herald 3.22 (15.6.1853): 86.  
1854 Gibson, R. H. (? - only initials given: R. H. G.)

"Liberian Ministers Praying Fervently, for the Spread of the Gospel over Their Country"

Liberia Herald 4.7 (19.7.1854): 21  
1854 Gibson, R. H. (? - only initials given: R. H. G.)

"Eulogy on the Institutions of Liberia"

Liberia Herald 4.9 (16.8.1854): [4].  
1855 Anonymous

"Sabbath Morning"

Liberia Herald 5.6 (1.7.1855): [4].  
1855 Gibson, R. H.

"Africa's Cruelties, Mourned Over"

Liberia Herald 5.7 (25.7.1855): [4].  
1855 Anonymous

"St Pauls River Liberia"

Liberia Herald 5.9 (2.8.1855): 21  
1856 Gibson, R. H.

"Jesus Our Redeemer"

Liberia Herald 6.12 (3.9.1856): 48  
1856 Anonymous

"An Epistle to a Student, on Hearing of His Intention to Marry"

Liberia Herald 6.12 (3.9.1856): 48  
1856 Anonymous: Africanus

"Stop and Think"

Liberia Herald 6.13 (17.9.1856): 52  
1856 Anonymous: Saut.

"Ye Must Not Weep for Me"

Liberia Herald 6.13 (17.9.1856): 52  
1857 Anonymous: Pierre

"The Emigrant's Hymn"

Liberia Herald 7.1 (7.1.1857): [4].