By Mrs. Delsena King Draper
Listen! and hear! O hear!
You wicked, jealous, senseless over ambitious
Selfish and deceitful, handful Liberian Plotters:
If you love our Liberia glorious land of freedom,
You must love Tubman, the builder, beautiful,
upholder of our great heritage.
If you love Liberty, you must love Tubman
Who gave all equal rights.
If you love Prosperity, you must love Tubman
Who unearthed our wealth.
If you love Stability, you must love Tubman
Who holds this Country twenty four unbroken years.
If you love Unity, you must love Tubman
Who has united every Tribe and Clan of ours.
If you love Dignity, you must love Tubman
Who has built Liberia second to none in Africa.
Look! and hear!! O hear!!
You good for nothing, no vision foolish
Blind, mischief maker, Liberian Plotters.
If you love Paved Streets, you must love Tubman
Who has paved the dirty streets of every city.
If you love modern Buildings, you must love Tubman
The designer of modern Liberia.
If you love flying from county to county
You must love Tubman who gave us the first
If you love Electricity, Running Water, Telephone,
Television and Radio Systems, you
Must love Tubman the producer of these systems.
If you love Travelling, relaxed in your car,
You must love Tubman who has linked the counties.
Tubman Sinoe Girls, and every sound minded, true,
Loyal, godfearing Liberian men, women, girls,
Boys, Young, old and crippled dearly love and
Honour Tubman because we love Liberia.
This poem was published in the Liberian Star as an advertiser/announcement in support of President Tubman.
The poem captured the prevailing behavior of many Liberians during this era. It is safe to say that this behavior was partly due to hypocrisy. Mrs. Delsena King Draper, who at the time was the president of a women’s club in Sinoe County, was the author of the poem. It was written sometime in 1968, when Ambassador Fahnbulleh, Sr. was being tried for treason. Later on, upon the recommendation of President Tubman, Mrs. Draper was selected to serve as a Representative of Sinoe County, without the full participation of the citizens of Sinoe County.
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