African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Angelina Weld Grimke, "Hushed by the Hands of Sleep" (1927)

HUSHED BY THE HANDS OF SLEEP
(To Dr. George F. Grant)

Ι

HUSHED by the hands of Sleep,
By the beautiful hands of Sleep.
Very gentle and quiet he lies,
With a little smile of sweet surprise,
Just softly hushed at lips and eyes,
Hushed by the hands of Sleep,
By the beautiful hands of Sleep.

II

Hushed by the hands of Sleep,
By the beautiful hands of Sleep.
Death leaned down as his eyes grew dim,
And his face, I know, was not strange, not grim,
But oh! it was beautiful to him,
Hushed by the hands of Sleep,
By the beautiful hands of Sleep.

Published in Caroling Dusk1927

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