James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938). The Book of American Negro Poetry. 1922.


THE DEW is on the grasses, dear,

The blush is on the rose,

And swift across our dial-youth,

A shifting shadow goes.

The primrose moments, lush with bliss,

Exhale and fade away,

Life may renew the Autumn time,

But nevermore the May!