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

Charles Bertram Johnson, "Old Things" (1923)

I love old faces mellow wise,
That smile; their young-od laughing eyes
Undimmed, still view, in sheer pretense
Of youth, their own sweet innocence.

I love old hands that trembling bless
Youth's wild impetuous duress;
That find in childhood's tangled cares,
Life's answers to unuttered prayers.

Old things to me are dear and best;
Old faith--that after life is rest;
That somehow, from above our will,
God works His gracious marvels still. 

Published in The Crisis, March 1923 

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