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James Weldon Johnson, "The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face" (1917)
12022-12-07T10:48:05-05:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e12131plain2022-12-07T10:48:05-05:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1 The glory of the day was in her face, The beauty of the night was in her eyes. And over all her loveliness, the grace Of Morning blushing in the early skies. And in her voice, the calling of the dove; Like music of a sweet, melodious part. And in her smile, the breaking light of love; And all the gentle virtues in her heart. And now the glorious day, the beauteous night, The birds that signal to their mates at dawn, To my dull ears, to my tear-blinded sight Are one with all the dead, since she is gone.
Published in Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917) Also printed in Caroling Dusk (1927)