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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
Star of Ethiopia
Lucian B. Watkins
OUT in the Night thou art the sun
Toward which thy soul-charmed children run,
  The faith-high height whereon they see
  The glory of their Day To Be—
The peace at last when all is done.        5
The night is dark but, one by one,
Thy signals, ever and anon,
  Smile beacon answers to their plea,
  Out in the Night.
Ah, Life! thy storms these cannot shun;        10
Give them a hope to rest upon,
  A dream to dream eternally,
  The strength of men who would be free
And win the battle race begun,
  Out in the Night!        15


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