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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
Ironic: LL.D.
William Stanley Braithwaite
THERE are no hollows any more
Between the mountains; the prairie floor
Is like a curtain with the drape
Of the winds’ invisible shape;
And nowhere seen and nowhere heard        5
The sea’s quiet as a sleeping bird.
Now we’re traveling, what holds back
Arrival, in the very track
Where the urge put forth; so we stay
And move a thousand miles a day.        10
Time’s a Fancy ringing bells
Whose meaning, charlatan history, tells!


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