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130                    FOLK SONG OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO.
many of whom are still with us (blessed be their beloved heads!) with their sweet inspirations.
From the extent to which the different qualities of the Negro soul are emphasized it is clear that his fundamentals are strong, pure, and abundant. Also it would seem that he believes more in the effi´┐Żciency of the propulsive power of hope, than in the impulsive power of fear, more in love than in fear. The greatest emphasis was laid upon virtue and, as Seneca says:
"Virtue, alone, raises us above fears."
The picture is before you: Virtues powerfully blended upon an ample background of love, energized by the spirit of the eternal. It is not a picture of perfection, for there are daubings here and there which civilization has smeared, but these are overshadowed by the sublimity of the artist's conception. This picture, although most beautiful to us, their children, cannot express all there is of our fathers7 souls, for, as Bacon says:
"The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express."