Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

1. Speakin' At De Cou'T-House 4/2/2010
2. Speakin' O' Christmas 4/2/2010
3. The Dance 4/2/2010
4. The Masters 4/2/2010
5. The Memory Of Martha 4/2/2010
6. The Monk's Walk 4/2/2010
7. The Ol' Tunes 4/2/2010
8. The Photograph 4/2/2010
9. The Plantation Child's Lullaby 4/2/2010
10. The Stirrup Cup 4/2/2010
11. The Valse 4/2/2010
12. Two Songs 4/2/2010
13. Unexpressed 4/2/2010
14. The Sum 4/2/2010
15. The Wooing 4/2/2010
16. The Wraith 4/2/2010
17. Thou Art My Lute 4/2/2010
18. Till The Wind Gets Right 4/2/2010
19. Time To Tinker 'Roun'! 4/2/2010
20. To E. H. K. 4/2/2010
21. The Visitor 4/2/2010
22. To The Memory Of Mary Young 4/2/2010
23. To Pfrimmer 4/2/2010
24. The Poet And The Baby 4/2/2010
25. The Pool 4/2/2010
26. The Real Question 4/2/2010
27. The Mystery 4/2/2010
28. The News 4/2/2010
29. The Making Up 4/2/2010
30. The Colored Band 4/2/2010
31. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle 4/2/2010
32. The Crisis 4/2/2010
33. Snowin' 4/2/2010
34. Song Of Summer 4/2/2010
35. Retrospection 4/2/2010
36. Roses And Pearls 4/2/2010
37. Scamp 4/2/2010
38. She Gave Me A Rose 4/2/2010
39. Resignation 4/2/2010
40. The Fisher Child's Lullaby 4/2/2010
Best Poem of Paul Laurence Dunbar

We Wear The Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

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Theology

There is a heaven, for ever, day by day,
The upward longing of my soul doth tell me so.
There is a hell, I'm quite as sure; for pray
If there were not, where would my neighbours go?

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