The Heart of a Woman


"The Heart of a Woman" is the third song of H. Leslie Adams' song cycle Nightsongs: Six Afro-American Songs.

The Heart of a Woman
by Georgia Douglas Johnson

The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn,\t
As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on,\t
Afar o’er life’s turrets and vales does it roam\t
In the wake of those echoes the heart calls home.\t

The heart of a woman falls back with the night,
And enters some alien cage in its plight,\t
And tries to forget it has dreamed of the stars\t
While it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars.\t

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