James Weldon Johnson

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James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore ...

Popular Poems
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The Creation

And God stepped out on space,
And he looked around and said:
I'm lonely--
I'll make me a world.
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Go Down, Death

Weep not, weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.
Heart-broken husband--weep no more;
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3.
Lift Every Voice And Sing

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
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4.
Beauty That Is Never Old

When buffeted and beaten by life's storms,
When by the bitter cares of life oppressed,
I want no surer haven than your arms,
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5.
Listen, Lord: A Prayer

O Lord, we come this morning
Knee-bowed and body-bent
Before Thy throne of grace.
O Lord--this morning--
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014

It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive character.

11 November 2014

O black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?

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ELOISE BROWN 06 October 2018

LOVE THIS POEM REMEMBER IT FROM WHEN I WAS SMALL IN MY CHURCH.

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A. Faithful 03 March 2018

The Creation was sold in a hardcover book and sold by Hallmark Cards in the 1970's. My mother bought that book for me. I loved it then. I love it now.

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Allyson 13 December 2017

I love poetry and James' poetry is amazingly beautiful.

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Zoila T. Flores 15 March 2014

The Creation is the most original and creative poem that reflects Mr.Johnson's most precious talent. I love it!

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E Winger 21 May 2010

I learned The Creation in high school in approximately 1966 - I have never forgotten it - back then, I had typed it out on a typewriter and it is still on my bookshelf. One of my most favorite poems ever.

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Bill Vogt 31 October 2005

James Weldon Johnson is one of the best poets in America's past.

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