African Culture · American Literature · Classic · Collection · Naturalism · Poetry

A learned man came to me once.
He said, “I know the way, — come.”
And I was overjoyed at this.
Together we hastened.
Soon, too soon, were we
Where my eyes were useless,
And I knew not the ways of my feet.
I clung to the hand of my friend;
But at last he cried, “I am lost.”

Stephen Crane,  “A Learned Man Came to Me Once,” The Black Riders & Other Lines. (Yalebooks October 1998)  Originally published 1905.

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