James Weldon Johnson
Brer Rabbit You’s De Cutes’ Of ‘Em All by James Weldon Johnson

Brer Rabbit You’s De Cutes’ Of ‘Em All by James Weldon Johnson

Once der was a meetin' in de wilderness, All de critters of creation dey was dar; Brer Rabbit, Brer 'Possum, Brer Wolf, Brer Fox, King Lion, Mister Terrapin, Mister B'ar. De ...

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The Creation by James Weldon Johnson

The Creation by James Weldon Johnson

And God stepped out on space,And he looked around and said:I'm lonely--I'll make me a world.And far as the eye of God could seeDarkness covered everything,Blacker than a hundred ...

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The Awakening by James Weldon Johnson

The Awakening by James Weldon Johnson

I dreamed that I was a roseThat grew beside a lonely way,Close by a path none ever chose,And there I lingered day by day.Beneath the sunshine and the show'rI grew and waited there ...

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A Mid-Day Dreamer by James Weldon Johnson

A Mid-Day Dreamer by James Weldon Johnson

I love to sit alone, and dream,And dream, and dream;In fancy's boat to softly glideAlong some streamWhere fairy palaces of goldAnd crystal brightStand all along the glistening ...

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Listen, Lord: A Prayer by James Weldon Johnson

Listen, Lord: A Prayer by James Weldon Johnson

O Lord, we come this morningKnee-bowed and body-bentBefore Thy throne of grace.O Lord--this morning--Bow our hearts beneath our knees,And our knees in some lonesome valley.We come ...

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I Hear The Stars Still Singing by James Weldon Johnson

I Hear The Stars Still Singing by James Weldon Johnson

I hear the stars still singingTo the beautiful, silent night,As they speed with noiseless wingingTheir ever westward flight.I hear the waves still fallingOn the stretch of lonely ...

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Father, Father Abraham by James Weldon Johnson

Father, Father Abraham by James Weldon Johnson

(On the Anniversary of Lincoln's Birth)Father, Father Abraham,Today look on us from above;On us, the offspring of thy faith,The children of thy Christ-like love.For that which we ...

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An Explanation by James Weldon Johnson

An Explanation by James Weldon Johnson

Look heah! 'Splain to me de reasonWhy you said to Squire Lee,Der wuz twelve ole chicken thievesIn dis heah town, includin' me.Ef he tole you dat, my brudder,He said sump'n dat ...

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Beauty That Is Never Old by James Weldon Johnson

Beauty That Is Never Old by James Weldon Johnson

When buffeted and beaten by life's storms,When by the bitter cares of life oppressed,I want no surer haven than your arms,I want no sweeter heaven than your breast.When over my ...

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And The Greatest Of These Is War by James Weldon Johnson

And The Greatest Of These Is War by James Weldon Johnson

Around the council-board of Hell, with Satan at their head,The Three Great Scourges of humanity sat.Gaunt Famine, with hollow cheek and voice, arose and spoke,—'O, Prince, I have ...

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From The Spanish by James Weldon Johnson

From The Spanish by James Weldon Johnson

Twenty years go by on noiseless feet,He returns, and once again they meet,She exclaims, 'Good heavens! and is that he?'He mutters, 'My God! and that is she!'

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Lift Every Voice And Sing by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice And Sing by James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,Till earth and heaven ring,Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;Let our rejoicing riseHigh as the list'ning skies,Let it resound loud as the rolling ...

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Dat Gal O’ Mine by James Weldon Johnson

Dat Gal O’ Mine by James Weldon Johnson

Skin as black an' jes as sof' as a velvet dress,Teeth as white as ivory —well dey is I guess.Eyes dat's jes as big an' bright as de evenin' star;An' dat hol' some sort o' light ...

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A Poet To His Baby Son by James Weldon Johnson

A Poet To His Baby Son by James Weldon Johnson

Tiny bit of humanity, Blessed with your mother’s face, And cursed with your father’s mind. I say cursed with your father’s mind, Because you can lie so long and so quietly on your ...

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Fragment by James Weldon Johnson

Fragment by James Weldon Johnson

The hand of Fate cannot be stayed,The course of Fate cannot be steered,By all the gods that man has made,Nor all the devils he has feared,Not by the prayers that might be prayedIn ...

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Brothers by James Weldon Johnson

Brothers by James Weldon Johnson

See! There he stands; not brave, but with an airOf sullen stupor. Mark him well! Is heNot more like brute than man? Look in his eye!No light is there; none, save the glint that ...

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Fifty Years (1863-1913) by James Weldon Johnson

Fifty Years (1863-1913) by James Weldon Johnson

O brothers mine, to-day we standWhere half a century sweeps our ken,Since God, through Lincoln's ready hand,Struck off our bonds and made us men.Just fifty years - a winter's day ...

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Morning, Noon And Night by James Weldon Johnson

Morning, Noon And Night by James Weldon Johnson

When morning shows her first faint flush,I think of the tender blushThat crept so gently to your cheekWhen first my love I dared to speak;How, in your glance, a dawning rayGave ...

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The Black Mammy by James Weldon Johnson

The Black Mammy by James Weldon Johnson

O whitened head entwined in turban gay,O kind black face, O crude, but tender hand,O foster-mother in whose arms there layThe race whose sons are masters of the land!It was thine ...

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Mother Night by James Weldon Johnson

Mother Night by James Weldon Johnson

Eternities before the first-born day,Or ere the first sun fledged his wings of flame,Calm Night, the everlasting and the same,A brooding mother over chaos lay.And whirling suns ...

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A Banjo Song by James Weldon Johnson

A Banjo Song by James Weldon Johnson

W'en de banjos wuz a-ringin',An' de darkies wuz a-singin',Oh, wuzen dem de good times sho!All de ole folks would be chattin',An' de pickaninnies pattin',As dey heah'd de feet ...

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Go Down, Death by James Weldon Johnson

Go Down, Death by James Weldon Johnson

Weep not, weep not,She is not dead;She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.Heart-broken husband--weep no more;Grief-stricken son--weep no more;Left-lonesome daughter --weep no ...

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The Reward by James Weldon Johnson

The Reward by James Weldon Johnson

No greater earthly boon than this I crave,That those who some day gather 'round my grave,In place of tears, may whisper of me then,'He sang a song that reached the hearts of men.' ...

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Girl Of Fifteen by James Weldon Johnson

Girl Of Fifteen by James Weldon Johnson

Girl of fifteen,I see you each morning from my windowAs you pass on your way to school.I do more than see, I watch you.I furtively draw the curtain aside.And my heart leaps ...

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From The German Of Uhland by James Weldon Johnson

From The German Of Uhland by James Weldon Johnson

Three students once tarried over the Rhine,And into Frau Wirthin's turned to dine.'Say, hostess, have you good beer and wine?And where is that pretty daughter of thine?''My beer ...

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Before A Painting by James Weldon Johnson

Before A Painting by James Weldon Johnson

I knew not who had wrought with skill so fineWhat I beheld; nor by what laws of artHe had created life and love and heartOn canvas, from mere color, curve and line.Silent I stood ...

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July In Georgy by James Weldon Johnson

July In Georgy by James Weldon Johnson

I'm back down in ole Georgy w'ere de sun is shinin' hot,W'ere de cawn it is a-tasslin', gittin' ready fu' de pot;W'ere de cott'n is a-openin' an' a-w'itenin' in de sun,An' de ...

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De Little Pickaninny’s Gone To Sleep by James Weldon Johnson

De Little Pickaninny’s Gone To Sleep by James Weldon Johnson

Cuddle down, ma honey, in yo' bed,Go to sleep an' res' yo' little head,Been a-kind o' ailin' all de day?Didn't have no sperit fu' to play?Never min'; to-morrer, w'en you ...

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Sence You Went Away by James Weldon Johnson

Sence You Went Away by James Weldon Johnson

Seems lak to me de stars don't shine so bright,Seems lak to me de sun done loss his light,Seems lak to me der's nothin' goin' right, Sence you went away.Seems lak to me de sky ...

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From The Spanish Of Placido by James Weldon Johnson

From The Spanish Of Placido by James Weldon Johnson

Enough of love! Let break its every hold!Ended my youthful folly! for I knowThat, like the dazzling, glister-shedding snow,Celia, thou art beautiful, but cold.I do not find in ...

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The Young Warrior by James Weldon Johnson

The Young Warrior by James Weldon Johnson

Mother, shed no mournful tears,But gird me on my sword;And give no utterance to thy fears,But bless me with thy word.The lines are drawn! The fight is on!A cause is to be ...

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Down By The Carib Sea by James Weldon Johnson

Down By The Carib Sea by James Weldon Johnson

ISunrise in the TropicsSol, Sol, mighty lord of the tropic zone,Here I wait with the trembling stars To see thee once more take thy throne.There the patient palm tree ...

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Ghosts Of The Old Year by James Weldon Johnson

Ghosts Of The Old Year by James Weldon Johnson

The snow has ceased its fluttering flight,The wind sunk to a whisper light,An ominous stillness fills the night,A pause — a hush.At last, a sound that breaks the spell,Loud, ...

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Deep In The Quiet Wood by James Weldon Johnson

Deep In The Quiet Wood by James Weldon Johnson

Are you bowed down in heart?Do you but hear the clashing discords and the din of life?Then come away, come to the peaceful wood,Here bathe your soul in silence. Listen! Now,From ...

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Her Eyes Twin Pools by James Weldon Johnson

Her Eyes Twin Pools by James Weldon Johnson

Her eyes, twin pools of mystic light,The blend of star-sheen and black night;O'er which, to sound their glamouring haze,A man might bend, and vainly gaze.Her eyes, twin pools so ...

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The Prodigal Son by James Weldon Johnson

The Prodigal Son by James Weldon Johnson

Young man— Young man— Your arm’s too short to box with God. But Jesus spake in a parable, and he said: A certain man had two sons. Jesus didn’t give this man a name, But his name ...

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The Rivals by James Weldon Johnson

The Rivals by James Weldon Johnson

Look heah! Is I evah tole you 'bout de curious way I wonAnna Liza? Say, I nevah? Well heah's how de thing wuz done.Lize, you know, wuz mighty purty —dat's been forty yeahs ago —'N ...

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The Color Sergeant by James Weldon Johnson

The Color Sergeant by James Weldon Johnson

(On an Incident at the Battle of San Juan Hill)Under a burning tropic sun,With comrades around him lying,A trooper of the sable TenthLay wounded, bleeding, dying.First in the ...

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Life by James Weldon Johnson

Life by James Weldon Johnson

Out of the infinite sea of eternityTo climb, and for an instant standUpon an island speck of time.From the impassible peace of the darknessTo wake, and blink at the garish ...

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The Word Of An Engineer by James Weldon Johnson

The Word Of An Engineer by James Weldon Johnson

'She's built of steelFrom deck to keel,And bolted strong and tight;In scorn she'll sailThe fiercest gale,And pierce the darkest night.'The builder's artHas proved each ...

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To America by James Weldon Johnson

To America by James Weldon Johnson

How would you have us, as we are?Or sinking 'neath the load we bear?Our eyes fixed forward on a star?Or gazing empty at despair?Rising or falling? Men or things?With dragging pace ...

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The Seasons by James Weldon Johnson

The Seasons by James Weldon Johnson

W'en de leaves begin to fall,An' de fros' is on de ground,An' de 'simmons is a-ripenin' on de tree;W'en I heah de dinner call,An' de chillen gadder 'round,'Tis den de 'possum is ...

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Nobody’s Lookin’ But De Owl An’ De Moon by James Weldon Johnson

Nobody’s Lookin’ But De Owl An’ De Moon by James Weldon Johnson

(A Negro Serenade) De river is a-glistenin' in de moonlight,De owl is set'n high up in de tree;De little stars am twinklin' wid a sof' light,De night seems only jes fu' you an' ...

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To Horace Bumstead by James Weldon Johnson

To Horace Bumstead by James Weldon Johnson

Have you been sore discouraged in the fight,And even sometimes weighted by the thoughtThat those with whom and those for whom you foughtLagged far behind, or dared but faintly ...

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Lazy by James Weldon Johnson

Lazy by James Weldon Johnson

Some men enjoy the constant strifeOf days with work and worry rife,But that is not my dream of life:I think such men are crazy.For me, a life with worries few,A job of nothing ...

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The Glory Of The Day Was In Her Face by James Weldon Johnson

The Glory Of The Day Was In Her Face by James Weldon Johnson

The glory of the day was in her face,The beauty of the night was in her eyes.And over all her loveliness, the graceOf Morning blushing in the early skies.And in her voice, the ...

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The Suicide by James Weldon Johnson

The Suicide by James Weldon Johnson

For fifty years,Cruel, insatiable Old World.You have punched me over the heartTill you made me cough blood.The few paltry things I gatheredYou snatched out of my hands.You have ...

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O Southland! by James Weldon Johnson

O Southland! by James Weldon Johnson

O Southland! O Southland!Have you not heard the call,The trumpet blown, the word made knownTo the nations, one and all?The watchword, the hope-word,Salvation's present plan?A ...

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Prayer At Sunrise by James Weldon Johnson

Prayer At Sunrise by James Weldon Johnson

O mighty, powerful, dark-dispelling sun,Now thou art risen, and thy day begun.How shrink the shrouding mists before thy face,As up thou spring'st to thy diurnal race!How darkness ...

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The White Witch by James Weldon Johnson

The White Witch by James Weldon Johnson

O, brothers mine, take care! Take care!The great white witch rides out to-night,Trust not your prowess nor your strength;Your only safety lies in flight;For in her glance there is ...

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