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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Gossamer" (1916)

The peerless boon of innocence,
   The first in nature's list
Has faded--ere the rising sun
   The waking world has kist.
The early dew upon the grass,
   The purity of morn,
The glint that lies on virgin-cheek
   Are cob-webs of the dawn. 

Published in The Crisis, May 1916

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