Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

1. A Back-Log Song 4/2/2010
2. A Banjo Song 4/2/2010
3. A Border Ballad 4/2/2010
4. A Boy's Summer Song 4/2/2010
5. A Bridal Measure 4/2/2010
6. A Cabin Tale 4/2/2010
7. A Career 4/2/2010
8. A Choice 1/3/2003
9. A Christmas Folksong 4/2/2010
10. A Confidence 4/2/2010
11. A Coquette Conquered 4/2/2010
12. A Corn-Song 4/2/2010
13. A Death Song 4/2/2010
14. A Drowsy Day 4/2/2010
15. A Farm House By The River 4/2/2010
16. A Florida Night 4/2/2010
17. A Frolic 4/2/2010
18. A Golden Day 12/31/2002
19. A Grievance 4/2/2010
20. A Hymn 4/2/2010
21. A Lazy Day 4/2/2010
22. A Letter 4/2/2010
23. A Little Christmas Basket 4/2/2010
24. A Lost Dream 4/2/2010
25. A Love Letter 4/2/2010
26. A Love Song 4/2/2010
27. A Lyric 4/2/2010
28. A Madrigal 4/2/2010
29. A Misty Day 4/2/2010
30. A Musical 4/2/2010
31. A Negro Love Song 1/1/2004
32. A Plantation Melody 4/2/2010
33. A Plantation Portrait 4/2/2010
34. A Plea 4/2/2010
35. A Poem Of Faith 4/2/2010
36. A Prayer 4/2/2010
37. A Preference 4/2/2010
38. A Roadway 4/2/2010
39. A Sailor's Song 4/2/2010
40. A Song (#1) 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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