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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
I Want to Die While You Love Me
Georgia Douglas Johnson
I WANT to die while you love me,
  While yet you hold me fair,
While laughter lies upon my lips
  And lights are in my hair.
I want to die while you love me,        5
  And bear to that still bed,
Your kisses turbulent, unspent
  To warm me when I’m dead.
I want to die while you love me
  Oh, who would care to live        10
Till love has nothing more to ask
  And nothing more to give!
I want to die while you love me
  And never, never see
The glory of this perfect day        15
  Grow dim or cease to be.


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