Textual History

This poem also appeared in Spring in New Hampshire 1920 [] Claude McKay Rest in Peace Claude McKay Spring in New Hampshire London Grant Richards Ltd. 1920 21 and Cambridge Magazine Summer, 1920 [#] Rest in Peace Cambridge Magazine Summer, 1920 57 .


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Rest in Peace

  1. No more for you the city's thorny ways,

  2. The ugly corners of the Negro belt1;

  3. The miseries and pains of these harsh days

  4. By you will never, never again be felt.

  5. No more, if still you wander, will you meet

  6. With nights of unabating bitterness;,#

  7. They cannot reach you in your safe retreat,

  8. The city's hate, the city's prejudice!

  9. 'Twas sudden—but your menial task is done,

  10. The dawn now breaks on you, the dark is over,

  11. The sea is crossed, the longed-for port is won;

  12. Farewell, oh,# fare you well! my fond# friend and lover.


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