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Go Down, Death - Poem by James Weldon Johnson
Weep not, weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.
Heart-broken husband--weep no more;
Grief-stricken son--weep no more;
Left-lonesome daughter --weep no more;
She only just gone home.
Day before yesterday morning,
God was looking down from his great, high heaven,
Looking down on all his children,
And his eye fell of Sister Caroline,
Tossing on her bed of pain.
And God's big heart was touched with pity,
With the everlasting pity.
And God sat back on his throne,
And he commanded that tall, bright angel standing at his right hand:
Call me Death!
And that tall, bright angel cried in a voice
That broke like a clap of thunder:
Call Death!--Call Death!
And the echo sounded down the streets of heaven
Till it reached away back to that shadowy place,
Where Death waits with his pale, white horses.
And Death heard the summons,
And he leaped on his fastest horse,
Pale as a sheet in the moonlight.
Up the golden street Death galloped,
And the hooves of his horses struck fire from the gold,
But they didn't make no sound.
Up Death rode to the Great White Throne,
And waited for God's command.
And God said: Go down, Death, go down,
Go down to Savannah, Georgia,
Down in Yamacraw,
And find Sister Caroline.
She's borne the burden and heat of the day,
She's labored long in my vineyard,
And she's tired--
Do down, Death, and bring her to me.
And Death didn't say a word,
But he loosed the reins on his pale, white horse,
And he clamped the spurs to his bloodless sides,
And out and down he rode,
Through heaven's pearly gates,
Past suns and moons and stars;
on Death rode,
Leaving the lightning's flash behind;
Straight down he came.
While we were watching round her bed,
She turned her eyes and looked away,
She saw what we couldn't see;
She saw Old Death.She saw Old Death
Coming like a falling star.
But Death didn't frighten Sister Caroline;
He looked to her like a welcome friend.
And she whispered to us: I'm going home,
And she smiled and closed her eyes.
And Death took her up like a baby,
And she lay in his icy arms,
But she didn't feel no chill.
And death began to ride again--
Up beyond the evening star,
Into the glittering light of glory,
On to the Great White Throne.
And there he laid Sister Caroline
On the loving breast of Jesus.
And Jesus took his own hand and wiped away her tears,
And he smoothed the furrows from her face,
And the angels sang a little song,
And Jesus rocked her in his arms,
And kept a-saying: Take your rest,
Take your rest.
Weep not--weep not,
She is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.
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Poems About Death
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- 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
- 3. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
- 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
- 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
- 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
- 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
- 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
- 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
- 10. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
- 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
- 12. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
- 13. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
- 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
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- 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
- 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
- 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
- 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
- 20. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
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- 23. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
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- 28. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
- 29. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
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- 35. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
- 36. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
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- 38. Death , Heinrich Heine
- 39. Death , William Butler Yeats
- 40. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
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- 44. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
- 45. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
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- 50. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
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