Beauty That Is Never Old Poem by James Weldon Johnson

Beauty That Is Never Old

Rating: 3.8

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.

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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Donna 17 January 2018

The audio reading of this poem does it no justice.

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zain isaac 01 August 2018

i love this poem soooooooo much

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Chestina Mitchell Archibald 10 October 2018

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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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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Dr Dillip K Swain 31 July 2022


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Ramesh T A 31 July 2022

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder!

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Sandra Feldman 30 July 2022

and tender homage to true love.

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Sandra Feldman 30 July 2022

Love expressed so delicately, beautifully, deeply. An unforgettable, lasting, great and tender homage for tr

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Chinedu Dike 30 July 2022

A beautiful love poem written from the heart

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James Weldon Johnson

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