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2000 marks the centenary of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," James Weldon Johnson's most famous lyric, which is now embraced as the Negro National Anthem. In celebration, this Penguin original collects all the poems from Johnson's published works—Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917), God's Trombones (1927), and Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day (1935)—along with a number of previously unpublished poems.

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Overview

2000 marks the centenary of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," James Weldon Johnson's most famous lyric, which is now embraced as the Negro National Anthem. In celebration, this Penguin original collects all the poems from Johnson's published works—Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917), God's Trombones (1927), and Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day (1935)—along with a number of previously unpublished poems.

Sondra Kathryn Wilson, the foremost authority on Johnson and his work, provides an introduction that sheds light on Johnson's many achievements and his pioneering contributions to recording and celebrating the African American experience.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101177006
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 665,577
  • File size: 736 KB

Meet the Author

James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1871. Among the first to break through the barriers segregating his race, he was educated at Atlanta University and at Columbia and was the first black admitted to the Florida bar. He was also, for a time, a songwriter in New York, American consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, and professor of creative literature at Fisk University—experiences recorded in his autobiography, Along This Way. Other books by him include Saint Peter Relates an Incident, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. In addition to his own writing, Johnson was the editor of pioneering anthologies of black American poetry and spirituals. He died in 1938.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Chronology
Preface to God's Trombones 5
Listen, Lord - A Prayer 13
The Creation 15
The Prodigal Son 18
Go Down Death - A Funeral Sermon 22
Noah Built the Ark 25
The Crucifixion 31
Let My People Go 35
The Judgment Day 42
Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day 49
O Black and Unknown Bards 55
Brothers - American Drama 57
O Southland! 60
We to America 61
Mother Night 62
The Young Warrior 63
The White Witch 64
My City 66
The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face 67
Life 68
The Black Mammy 69
Fragment 70
Mother, Farewell! (from the Spanish of Placido) 72
Girl of Fifteen 73
The Suicide 74
Down by the Carib Sea 75
Deep in the Quiet Wood 80
Prayer at Sunrise 81
Her Eyes Twin Pools 82
Vashti 83
If I Were Paris 86
Ghosts of the Old Year 87
Beauty Never Old 88
Blessed Sleep 89
The Greatest of These Is War 90
A Poet to His Baby Son 92
Ma Lady's Lips Am Like de Honey 94
A Plantation Bacchanal 96
Tunk 97
Brer Rabbit, You's de Cutes' of 'Em All 99
Answer to Prayer 100
A Banjo Song 101
The Rivals 102
Sence You Went Away 108
Lift Every Voice and Sing 109
Envoy 111
Introduction to Fifty Years and Other Poems by Brander Matthews 115
Fifty Years 117
To Horace Bumstead 122
The Color Sergeant 123
From the German of Uhland 124
Before a Painting 125
I Hear the Stars Still Singing 126
A Mid-Day Dreamer 127
The Temptress 128
The Ghost of Deacon Brown 129
"Lazy" 131
Omar 132
Voluptas (I) 133
The Word of an Engineer 134
The Gift to Sing 136
Morning, Noon and Night 137
The Awakening 138
Venus in a Garden 139
Nobody's Lookin' But de Owl and de Moon 140
You's Sweet to Yo' Mammy Jes de Same 141
July in Georgy 142
Dat Gal o' Mine 143
The Seasons 144
'Possum Song 145
An Explanation 147
De Little Pickaninny's Gone to Sleep 148
Moods 153
A Passing Melody 154
The River 155
Helene 156
The Class of '94 157
Grandmother's Bible 162
A Dream 163
Sonnet 164
Sonnet - The Secret 165
Class Poem 166
Voluptas (II) 171
Optimistic Sam 172
Mobile Mardi Gras 173
After My First Week Teaching in the Country 174
To a Brook Near My School House 176
A Recollection 177
The Last Waltz 178
To a Friend 179
Only Trust Me 180
A Brand 181
Christmas Carol 182
Miserable 183
To H.B. 184
To a Friend, with a Rose 185
A Heathen 186
To My Valentine 187
Ode to Florida 188
Acknowledgment 190
The Passionate Lover 192
Art vs. Trade 195
The Poet's Harp 196
I Love Thee Still 198
To Louie (I) 199
A Fragment (I) 200
Untitled Poem ("Was what you thought love, but passing") 201
Untitled Poem ("Come with me my love and wander") 202
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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    A must read for all African- Americans

    We know that Langston Huhges is the father of African-American poetry, we must Not forget James Weldon Johnson. We know the 'Dreamed Deferred' but we must know' God's Trombones' and 'The Gift to Sing'.
    This small but powerful book belongs on the shelf of every American home.

    A must for school libraries and a gift for all writers.
    Thank you James Weldon Johnson. Lift Up Your Voice and Sing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    A student who did a research paper on Johnson and one of his poems

    I thought that this collection was an essential for any person that enjoys Harlem Renaissance literature. His poems are great and a wide variety of themes and structures are represented.

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