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Beauty That Is Never Old

Rating: 3.5

When buffeted and beaten by life's storms,
When by the bitter cares of life oppressed,
I want no surer haven than your arms,
I want no sweeter heaven than your breast.

When over my life's way there falls the blight
Of sunless days, and nights of starless skies;
Enough for me, the calm and steadfast light
That softly shines within your loving eyes.

The world, for me, and all the world can hold
Is circled by your arms; for me there lies,
Within the lights and shadows of your eyes,
The only beauty that is never old.

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Where vanity is replaced with wrinkles and sagging skin, Johnson presents a portrayal of lasting beauty infused with love magnified over time.

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zain isaac 01 August 2018

i love this poem soooooooo much

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Donna 17 January 2018

The audio reading of this poem does it no justice.

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Mahtab Bangalee 04 November 2020

The world, for me, and all the world can hold Is circled by your arms; for me there lies, Within the lights and shadows of your eyes, The only beauty that is never old. /// excellent poem penned; every one getting old; but in the eyes of love the beauty never getting old; beauty is always beauty in the heart of love

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Paul Amrod 04 November 2020

An absolute fabulous relative unknown important American. I am very proud to be from the nation that defeated Donald Trump for a second term. Thanks to his spirit, mine, and others, !

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MARY DARMANIN 22 December 2020

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK WHETHER THIS POEM WAS WRITTEN IN HONOUR OF THE POET s MOTHER. THANKING YOU

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 November 2020

CONGRATULATIONS, most deserving as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hooray! 5 stars Full Vote and to MyPoemList. Thank you so much for sharing, dear Poem Hunter and Team. Most Beautifully created by the great African American Poet James Weldon Johnson. True amazing!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 November 2020

Such a most beautiful poem, tenderly described and yet the reality, what real life is like outside it (the racial discrimination in his life and that especially in his time (1871 and until he died in 1938) and yet he can fall back on the love he has in his marriage, the true love for his wife, BEAUTY That IS NEVER OLD so true! .During his life he had most worthy jobs as one of the first African-American professors at the New York University. WOW!

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Khairul Ahsan 04 November 2020

The poem gets the maximum rating from me,5 stars!

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Khairul Ahsan 04 November 2020

'I want no surer haven than your arms, I want no sweeter heaven than your breast.' - Oh what an excellent expression! All the stanzas are beautiful and nay, the last stanza is particularly impressive! A well deserved honour the poem has earned, being chosen as the 'Classic Poem of the Day'!

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