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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
The Dawn’s Awake!
Otto Leland Bohanan
THE DAWN’S awake!
  A flash of smoldering flame and fire
Ignites the East. Then, higher, higher,
  O’er all the sky so gray, forlorn,
  The torch of gold is borne.        5
The Dawn’s awake!
  The dawn of a thousand dreams and thrills.
And music singing in the hills
  A pæan of eternal spring
  Voices the new awakening.        10
The Dawn’s awake!
  Whispers of pent-up harmonies,
With the mingled fragrance of the trees;
    Faint snatches of half-forgotten song—
  Fathers! torn and numb,—        15
    The boon of light we craved, awaited long,
  Has come, has come!


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