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James Weldon Johnson, "Mother Night" (1917)
12023-05-31T13:40:11-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e12131plain2023-05-31T13:40:11-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1MOTHER NIGHT
Eternities before the first-born day, Or ere the first sun fledged his wings of flame, Calm Night, the everlasting and the same, A brooding mother over chaos lay. And whirling suns shall blaze and then decay, Shall run their fiery courses and then claim The haven of the darkness whence they came; Back to Nirvanic peace shall grope their way.
So when my feeble sun of life burns out, And sounded is the hour for my long sleep, I shall, full weary of the feverish light, Welcome the darkness without fear or doubt, And heavy-lidded, I shall softly creep Into the quiet bosom of the Night.