The dew is on the grasses, dear,
    The blush is on the rose,
And swift across our dial-youth,
    A shifting shadow goes.

The primrose moments, lush with bliss.
    Exhale and fade away,
Life may renew the Autumn time,
    But nevermore the May!

From The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922), edited by James Weldon Johnson. This poem is in the public domain.