James Weldon Johnson quotes

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It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive character.
Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies of liberty.
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You sang far better than you knew; the songs
That for your listeners' hungry hearts sufficed
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Whose starward eye
Saw chariot "swing low"? And who was he
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O black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?
And God stepped out on space,
And He looked around and said,
"I'm lonely--
I'll make me a world."
So God stepped over to the edge of the world
And He spat out the seven seas;
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This Great God,
Like a mammy bending over her baby,
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The glory of the day was in her face,
The beauty of the night was in her eyes.
Young man--Young man--Your arm's too short to box with God.
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