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Go Give the World

I do not crave to have thee mine alone, dear
   Keeping thy charms within my jealous sight;
Go, give the world the blessing of thy beauty,
   That other hearts may share of my delight!

I do not ask, thy love should be mine only
   While others falter through the dreary night;
Go, kiss the tears from some wayfarer’s vision, 
   That other eyes may know the joy of light!

Where days are sad and skies are hung with darkness, 
   Go, send a smile that sunshine may be rife;
Go, give a song, a word of kindly greeting, 
   To ease the sorrow of some lonely life!

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on July 12, 2020 by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“Go Give the World” originally appeared in the March 1919 issue of The Crisis.

Author


Otto Leland Bohanan

Otto Leland Bohanan was born around 1895 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Howard University and taught English at the Catholic University. He also worked as a music instructor at DeWitt Clinton High School, and died in 1932.

Date Published: 2020-07-12

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/go-give-world