Claude McKay's Early Poetry (1911-1922): A Digital CollectionMain MenuIntroduction: About this SiteAmardeep Singh, Lehigh UniversityConstab Ballads (1912) -- Digital EditionClaude McKay's "Constab Ballads"Songs of Jamaica (1912): Digital EditionBook of poetry by Claude McKay. Preface by Walter Jekyll.Early Uncollected Poetry (1911-1922)Uncollected Poems by Claude McKay published in Jamaican, British, and American magazinesWorkers Dreadnought PoetrySpring in New Hampshire (1920): Digital EditionHarlem Shadows (1922): Digital EditionHarlem Shadows Digital EditionSelected Poems of Claude McKay (1953)Approximating the Table of Contents of "Selected Poems of Claude McKay"Criticism and Contextual EssaysWorks CitedWorks Cited for "Claude McKay's Early Poetry (1912-1922)"TEI/XML Editions (in progress/coming soon)Links to TEI versions of these textsAmardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1
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12016-11-11T13:49:08-05:00Samson3Workers Dreadnought. January 10, 1920plain2016-11-14T14:00:10-05:001920Race, Slavery, Freedom, Liberation, Revolution
Samson, the chosen Nazarite, who ruled The Jews for twenty years and judged their sins, Snared in the web of flesh, by woman fooled, Was captured by the hated Philistines. But God remembered him in his downfall And, in his blindness, gave him back his power, Which nobly used he, at the gaoler’s call, To save his soul in one grand crowning hour O sable Samsons, in white prisons bound, Wounded and blinded, in your hidden strength Put forth your swarthy hands: the pillar found, Strain mightily at them until at length The accursed walls, reared of your blood and tears, Come crashing, sounding freedom in your ears.
–Published in Workers Dreadnought, January 10, 1920. Signed as Claude McKay