‘I’ve learned to sing a song of hope’ (1941)

Georgia Douglas Johnson

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I’ve learned to sing a song of hope,
I’ve said goodbye to despair,
I caught the note in a thrush’s throat,
I sang – and the world was fair!
I’ve learned to sing a song of joy
It bends the skies to me,
The song of joy is the song of hope
Grown to maturity.

I’ve learned to laugh away my tears
As through the dark I go,
For love and laughter conquer fears
My heart has come to know.

I’ve learned a song of happiness
It is a song of love,
For love alone is happiness
And happiness is love.