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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
Lost Illusions
 
Georgia Douglas Johnson
 
 
OH, for the veils of my far away youth,
Shielding my heart from the blaze of the truth,
Why did I stray from their shelter and grow
Into the sadness that follows—to know!
 
Impotent atom with desolate gaze        5
Threading the tumult of hazardous ways—
Oh, for the veils, for the veils of my youth
Veils that hung low o’er the blaze of the truth!
 

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