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In the Evening

                    I
In the evening, love returns,
   Like a wand’rer ’cross the sea;
In the evening, love returns
   With a violet for me;
In the evening, life’s a song,
   And the fields are full of green;
All the stars are golden crowns,
   And the eye of God is keen.

                   II
In the evening, sorrow dies
   With the setting of the sun;
In the evening, joy begins,
   When the course of mirth is done;
In the evening, kisses sweet
   Droop upon the passion vine;
In the evening comes your voice:
   “I am yours, and you are mine.”

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 18, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“In the Evening” appeared in A Little Dreaming (1913).

Author


Fenton Johnson

Fenton Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1888. He was a forerunner of the Harlem Renaissance writers.

Date Published: 1913-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/evening-1