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The Dawn’s Awake!

The Dawn’s awake! 
   A flash of smoldering flame and fire
Ignites the East. Then, higher, higher, 
   O’er all the sky so gray, forlorn, 
The torch of gold is borne. 

The Dawn’s awake! 
  The dawn of a thousand dreams and thrills. 
And music singing in the hills 
   A pæen of eternal spring 
Voices the new awakening. 

The Dawn’s awake! 
     Whispers of pent-up harmonies, 
With the mingled fragrance of the trees; 
     Faint snaches of half-forgotten song—
Fathers! Torn and numb,—
   The boon of light we craved, awaited long, 
Has come, has come! 

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 2, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“The Dawn’s Awake” originally appeared in The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1922).

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: 1922-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/dawns-awake