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

W.E.B. Du Bois, "The Quadroon" (1911)

Editor's Note: This poem appeared without authorial attribution in The Crisis. However, it appears safe to presume that the poem was authored by Du Bois himself. At least one recent anthology of American poetry has reprinted the poem attiributing it to Du Bois.

“The Quadroon” 

Daughter of Twilight,
Mothered of Midnight,
Fathered of Daylight and Dawn;
    Shadow of a Sunlight,
    Shimmering Starlight,
    Sister of Forest and Fawn!
Maid of a Morrow,
Mistress of Sorrow,
Mingled of Mourning and Mirth;
    Born of World Brotherhood,
    Crowned of all Motherhood,
    Beauty of Heaven and Earth!

Published in The Crisis. November 1911 
Edited by Christian Farrior

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