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

Georgia Douglas Johnson, "Let Me Not Lose My Dream" (1917)

Let me not lose my dream, e’en though I scan the veil
with eyes unseeing through their glaze of tears,
Let me not falter, though the rungs of fortune perish
as I fare above the tumult, praying purer air,
Let me not lose the vision, gird me. Powers that toss the worlds, I pray!
Hold me, and guard, lest anguish tear my dreams away!

First published in The Crisis, October 1917

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