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1  All night long the water is crying to me.
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2  As the water all night long is crying to me.
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3  I remember well when the shadow swept across me.
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4  In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost.
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5  He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa.
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6  These powers of body and mind have in the past been strangely wasted, dispersed, or forgotten.
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7  The shadow of a mighty Negro past flits through the tale of Ethiopia the Shadowy and of Egypt the Sphinx.
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8  It is in the early days of rollicking boyhood that the revelation first bursts upon one, all in a day, as it were.
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9  He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world.
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10  I was a little thing, away up in the hills of New England, where the dark Housatonic winds between Hoosac and Taghkanic to the sea.
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11  Alas, with the years all this fine contempt began to fade; for the words I longed for, and all their dazzling opportunities, were theirs, not mine.
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12  Through history, the powers of single black men flash here and there like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness.
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13  Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it.
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14  This, then, is the end of his striving: to be a co-worker in the kingdom of culture, to escape both death and isolation, to husband and use his best powers and his latent genius.
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15  Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil.
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16  He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face.
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17  It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
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