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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
Children of the Sun
Fenton Johnson
WE are children of the sun,
    Rising sun!
Weaving Southern destiny,
Waiting for the mighty hour
When our Shiloh shall appear        5
With the flaming sword of right,
With the steel of brotherhood,
And emboss in crimson die
Liberty! Fraternity!
We are the star-dust folk,        10
    Striving folk!
Sorrow songs have lulled to rest;
Seething passions wrought through wrongs,
Led us where the moon rays dip
In the night of dull despair,        15
Showed us where the star gleams shine,
And the mystic symbols glow—
Liberty! Fraternity!
We have come through cloud and mist,
    Mighty men!        20
Dusk has kissed our sleep-born eyes,
Reared for us a mystic throne
In the splendor of the skies,
That shall always be for us,
Children of the Nazarene,        25
Children who shall ever sing
Liberty! Fraternity!


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