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Author: JOHNSON, JAMES WELDON
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Johnson, James Weldon    Poet's Biography
82 poems available by this author


A BANJO SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: W'en de banjos wuz a-ringin'
Last Line: We'll dance tel de day done break.
Subject(s): Banjos; Musical Instruments; Singing & Singers; Songs


A MID-DAY DREAMER    Poem Text    
First Line: I love to sit alone, and dream
Last Line: Adown the stream.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


A PLANTATION BACCHANAL    Poem Text    
First Line: W'en ole mister sun gits tiah'd a-hangin'
Last Line: Twill take care of itself.
Subject(s): Plantation Life


A POET TO HIS BABY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Tiny bit of humanity
Last Line: Not to be a poet
Subject(s): Babies; Poetry & Poets; Infants


AN EXPLANATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Look heah! 'splain to me de reason
Last Line: Oh! ...!—
Subject(s): Farm Life; Fields; Towns; Agriculture; Farmers; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


AND THE GREATEST OF THESE IS WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Around the council-board of hell, with satan at / their head
Last Line: And hell rang with the acclamation of the fiends.
Subject(s): Devil; Evil; Hell; Monsters; War; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


ANSWER TO PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Der ain't no use in sayin' de lawd won't answer / prah
Last Line: Night.
Subject(s): Christmas; Jesus Christ; Prayer; Religion; Worship; Nativity, The; Theology


ART VS. TRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Trade, trade versus art
Last Line: He crushes those who cry for daily bread
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Money; Social Commentary


BEAUTY THAT IS NEVER OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: When buffeted and beaten by life's storms
Last Line: The only beauty that is never old.
Subject(s): Beauty; Hearts; Love


BEFORE A PAINTING    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew not who had wrought with skill so fine
Last Line: The windows in some old cathedral dim.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters


BRER RABBIT, YOU'S DE CUTES' OF 'EM ALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Once der was a meetin' in de wilderness
Last Line: Brer rabbit, you's de cutes' of 'em all.
Subject(s): Animals


BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: See! There he stands; not brave, but with an air
Last Line: "brothers in spirit, brothers in deed are we?"
Subject(s): Lynching; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


DAT GAL O' MINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Skin as black an' jes as sof' as a velvet dress
Last Line: O' mine.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Love; Religion; Sabbath; Theology; Sunday


DE LITTLE PICKANINNY'S GONE TO SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Cuddle down, ma honey, in yo' bed
Last Line: Let de little pickaninny res'.
Subject(s): Babies; Rest; Sleep; Infants


DEEP IN THE QUIET WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you bowed down in heart?
Last Line: And holy harmonies.
Subject(s): Death; Peace; Silence; Dead, The


DOWN BY THE CARIB SEA: 1. SUNRISE IN THE TROPICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sol, sol, mighty lord of the tropic zone
Last Line: Once more behold! The sun!
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea; Nature


DOWN BY THE CARIB SEA: 2. LOS CIGARILLOS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the land of the dark-eyed gente
Last Line: Smoke — smoke — smoke.
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea; Health; Pleasure; Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


DOWN BY THE CARIB SEA: 3. TEESTAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Of tropic sensations, the worst
Last Line: Teestay, teestay.
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea; Drinks & Drinking; Pleasure; Wine


DOWN BY THE CARIB SEA: 4. THE LOTTERY GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Lottery, lottery, / take a chance at the lottery?
Last Line: From your eyes.
Subject(s): Hearts; Likes & Dislikes; Love


DOWN BY THE CARIB SEA: 5. THE DANCING GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you know what it is to dance?
Last Line: As here by the carib they're known.
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea; Dancing & Dancers


DOWN BY THE CARIB SEA: 6. SUNSET IN THE TROPICS    Poem Text    
First Line: A silver flash from the sinking sun
Last Line: Queen night, on velvet slippered feet, comes softly down.
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea; Evening; Night; Sunset; Twilight; Bedtime


FATHER, FATHER ABRAHAM    Poem Text    


FATHER, FATHER ABRAHAM       


FIFTY YEARS (1863-1913)    Poem Text    
First Line: O brothers mine, today we stand
Last Line: God cannot let it come to naught.
Subject(s): Abolitionists; African Americans; African Americans - History; Attucks, Crispus (1723-1770); Boston Massacre; Brown, John (1800-1859); Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Garrison, William Lloyd (1805-1879); Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Lovej


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The hand of fate cannot be stayed
Last Line: God is not love, no, god is law.
Subject(s): African Americans; Injustice; Slavery; Negroes; American Blacks; Serfs


FROM THE GERMAN OF UHLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Three students once tarried over the rhine
Last Line: And will love thee, yes, forever and aye!
Subject(s): Death; Love; Dead, The


FROM THE SPANISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Twenty years go by on noiseless feet
Last Line: "he mutters, ""my god! And that is she!"
Subject(s): Aging; Transience; Impermanence


GHOSTS OF THE OLD YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow has ceased its fluttering flight
Last Line: "failure!"" at last."
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; Resolutions


GIRL OF FIFTEEN    Poem Text    


GIRL OF FIFTEEN       


GO DOWN DEATH; A FUNERAL SERMON    Poem Text    
First Line: Weep not, weep not
Last Line: She's resting in the bosom of jesus.
Subject(s): Death; Religion; Dead, The; Theology


HER EYES TWIN POOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Her eyes, twin pools of mystic light
Last Line: A man might plunge, and lose his soul.
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Man-woman Relationships; Relationships; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Male-female Relations


I HEAR THE STARS STILL SINGING    Poem Text    


I HEAR THE STARS STILL SINGING       


IF HOMELY VIRTUES DRAW FROM ME A TUNE    Poem Text    


IF HOMELY VIRTUES DRAW FROM ME A TUNE       


JULY IN GEORGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm back down in ole georgy w'ere de sun is / shinin' hot
Last Line: Shade.
Subject(s): Georgia (State); Nature; Southern States; South (U.s.)


LAZY    Poem Text    
First Line: Some men enjoy the constant strife
Last Line: I'll spend my life in living.
Subject(s): Idleness; Labor & Laborers; Laziness; Sloth; Indolence; Work; Workers


LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the infinite sea of eternity
Last Line: Through one short hour of fretfulness.
Subject(s): Birth; Light; Waking; Child Birth; Midwifery


LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING    Poem Text    


LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING       


LISTEN, LORD: A PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: O lord, we come this morning
Last Line: To wait for that great gittin’-up morning—amen
Subject(s): God; Prayer


MA LADY'S LIPS AM LIKE DE HONEY (NEGRO LOVE SONG)    Poem Text    
First Line: Breeze a-sighin' and a-blowin'
Last Line: Nuff to make me understan'.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: When morning shows her first faint flush
Last Line: And dark — so dark becomes the night.
Subject(s): Day; Life; Love


MOTHER NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Eternities before the first-born day
Last Line: Into the quiet bosom of the night.
Subject(s): Death; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Rest; Dead, The


MY CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I come down to sleep death's endless night
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


NOBODY'S LOOKIN' BUT DE OWL AND DE MOON (A NEGRO SERENADE)    Poem Text    
First Line: De river is a-glistenin' in de moonlight
Last Line: An' cose you know we kin trus' de moon.
Subject(s): Absence; Hearts; Love; Solitude; Separation; Isolation; Loneliness


O BLACK AND UNKNOWN BARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: O black and unknown bards of long ago
Last Line: You sang a race from wood and stone to christ.
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; Bards; Jesus Christ; Slavery; Serfs


O SOUTHLAND!    Poem Text    
First Line: O southland! O southland!
Last Line: The faint one at his side.
Subject(s): African Americans; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Southern States; Negroes; American Blacks; Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty; South (U.s.)


OMAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Old omar, jolly sceptic, it may be
Last Line: Must own you have almost persuaded me.
Subject(s): Life


POSSUM SONG (A WARNING)    Poem Text    
First Line: Simmons ripenin' in de fall
Last Line: Run, brudder 'possum, run!
Subject(s): Escapes; Hunting; Fugitives; Hunters


PRAYER AT SUNRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: O mighty, powerful, dark-dispelling sun
Last Line: Great father of the sun, I ask this much.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


SENCE YOU WENT AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Seems lak to me de stars don't shine so bright
Last Line: Sence you went away.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: O sleep, thou kindest minister to man
Last Line: Since death be but an endless, dreamless sleep?
Subject(s): Dreams; Night; Rest; Nightmares; Bedtime


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough of love! Let break its every hold!
Last Line: I want to kiss a woman made of fire
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited; Love


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: My heart be brave, and do not falter so
Last Line: There is a power making for the right
Subject(s): Fortitude; Hope; Morality; Love; Optimism; Ethics


THE AWAKENING    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that I was a rose
Last Line: That I had waited there for you.
Subject(s): Absence; Dreams; Hearts; Love; Passion; Waiting; Separation; Isolation; Nightmares


THE BLACK MAMMY    Poem Text    
First Line: O whitened head entwined in turban gay
Last Line: That it some day might crush thine own black child?
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Babies; Family Life; Infants; Relatives


THE COLOR SERGEANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Under a burning tropic sun
Last Line: Yet true, in death, to his duty.
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Fights; Prejudice; San Juan Hill, Battle Of (1898); Soldiers; Spanish-american War (1898); Bias; Intolerance


THE CREATION (A NEGRO SERMON)    Poem Text    
First Line: And god stepped out on space
Last Line: Amen. Amen.
Subject(s): African Americans; Religion; Time; Negroes; American Blacks; Theology


THE GHOST OF DEACON BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: In a backwoods town / lived deacon brown
Last Line: But the ghost is digging yet.
Subject(s): Ghosts; Legends; Story-telling; Supernatural


THE GIFT TO SING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the mist overhangs my path
Last Line: And I can sing.
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Love; Singing & Singers; Songs


THE GLORY OF THE DAY WAS IN HER FACE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Are one with all the dead, since she is gone
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Beauty


THE GLORY OF THE DAY WAS IN HER FACE    Poem Text    


THE GLORY OF THE DAY WAS IN HER FACE       


THE PRODIGAL SON    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Young man - / young man
Subject(s): Jesus Christ - Life & Ministry


THE REWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: No greater earthly boon than this I crave
Last Line: "he sang a song that reached the hearts of men."
Subject(s): Death; Love; Singing & Singers; Dead, The; Songs


THE RIVALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Look heah! Is I evah tole you 'bout de curious / way I won
Last Line: "folks, heaben knows!"
Subject(s): African Americans; Courtship; Hearts; Love; Single People; Negroes; American Blacks; Bachelors; Unmarried People


THE SEASONS    Poem Text    
First Line: W'en de leaves begin to fall
Last Line: Mek it hard to tell which time o' year am bes'.
Subject(s): Seasons; Time; Weather


THE SUICIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: For fifty years, / cruel, insatiable old world
Last Line: Bang —!
Subject(s): Death; Suicide; Dead, The


THE TEMPTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Old devil, when you come with horns and tail
Last Line: Old devil, I must really own, you win.
Subject(s): Devil; Fights; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


THE WHITE WITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: O, brothers mine, take care! Take care!
Last Line: And in her smile there is a blight.
Subject(s): Miscegenation; United States - Race Relations


THE WORD OF AN ENGINEER    Poem Text    
First Line: She's built of steel
Last Line: That he has in an engineer!
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Buildings & Builders; Engineering & Engineers; Steel


THE YOUNG WARRIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, shed no mournful tears
Last Line: Unsheathed against the wrong.
Subject(s): Fights; Justice; Soldiers


TO AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: How would you have us, as we are?
Last Line: Or tightening chains about your feet?
Subject(s): Justice; World War I; First World War


TO HORACE BUMSTEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you been sore discouraged in the fight
Last Line: You shall not, no, you shall not, fight alone.
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Bumstead, Horace (1841-1919); Human Rights; Justice


TUNK (A LECTURE ON MODERN EDUCATION)    Poem Text    
First Line: Look heah, tunk!-now, ain't dis awful!
Last Line: Place in school!
Subject(s): Education; Writing & Writers


VASHTI    Poem Text    
First Line: I sometimes take you in my dreams to a far- / off land I used to know
Last Line: Served low at her feet.
Subject(s): Absence; Courts & Courtiers; Hearts; Love - Cultural Differences; Memory; Slavery; Separation; Isolation; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Serfs


VENUS IN A GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas at early morning
Last Line: Gathered from the roses red.
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening; Goddesses & Gods; Hearts; Love; Mythology; Roses


VOLUPTAS    Poem Text    
First Line: To chase a never-reached mirage
Last Line: Its green and watered strand.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


YOU'S SWEET TO YO' MAMMY JES DE SAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Shet yo' eyes, ma little pickaninny, go to sleep
Last Line: Makes you lubly in yo' mammy's sight
Subject(s): Sleep


YOU'S SWEET TO YO' MAMMY JES' DE SAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Shet yo' eyes, ma little pickaninny, go to sleep
Last Line: Makes you lubly in yo' mammy's sight.