Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

1. Reluctance 4/2/2010
2. The Fount Of Tears 4/2/2010
3. The Garret 4/2/2010
4. The Gourd 4/2/2010
5. The Fisher Child's Lullaby 4/2/2010
6. The Lapse 4/2/2010
7. The Masters 4/2/2010
8. The Memory Of Martha 4/2/2010
9. The Murdered Lover 4/2/2010
10. The Old Apple-Tree 4/2/2010
11. The Mystic Sea 4/2/2010
12. The Photograph 4/2/2010
13. The Sand-Man 4/2/2010
14. The Song 4/2/2010
15. The Stirrup Cup 4/2/2010
16. The Valse 4/2/2010
17. The Voice Of The Banjo 4/2/2010
18. Two Songs 4/2/2010
19. Unexpressed 4/2/2010
20. To A Lady Playing The Harp 4/2/2010
21. To An Ingrate 4/2/2010
22. To Pfrimmer 4/2/2010
23. To The Eastern Shore 4/2/2010
24. The Wooing 4/2/2010
25. The Wraith 4/2/2010
26. Time To Tinker 'Roun'! 4/2/2010
27. To E. H. K. 4/2/2010
28. The Sum 4/2/2010
29. The Pool 4/2/2010
30. The Quilting 4/2/2010
31. The Real Question 4/2/2010
32. The News 4/2/2010
33. The Phantom Kiss 4/2/2010
34. The Mystery 4/2/2010
35. The Forest Greeting 4/2/2010
36. The Knight 4/2/2010
37. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle 4/2/2010
38. The Crisis 4/2/2010
39. Remembered 4/2/2010
40. Resignation 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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Signs Of The Times

Air a-gittin' cool an' coolah,
Frost a-comin' in de night,
Hicka' nuts an' wa'nuts fallin',
Possum keepin' out o' sight.
Tu'key struttin' in de ba'nya'd,
Nary a step so proud ez his;
Keep on struttin', Mistah Tu'key,
Yo' do' know whut time it is.
Cidah press commence a-squeakin'

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