Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

401. A Lost Dream 4/2/2010
402. A Little Christmas Basket 4/2/2010
403. A Letter 4/2/2010
404. A Lazy Day 4/2/2010
405. A Hymn 4/2/2010
406. A Grievance 4/2/2010
407. A Golden Day 12/31/2002
408. A Frolic 4/2/2010
409. A Florida Night 4/2/2010
410. A Farm House By The River 4/2/2010
411. A Drowsy Day 4/2/2010
412. A Death Song 4/2/2010
413. A Corn-Song 4/2/2010
414. A Coquette Conquered 4/2/2010
415. A Confidence 4/2/2010
416. A Christmas Folksong 4/2/2010
417. A Choice 1/3/2003
418. A Career 4/2/2010
419. A Cabin Tale 4/2/2010
420. A Bridal Measure 4/2/2010
421. A Boy's Summer Song 4/2/2010
422. A Border Ballad 4/2/2010
423. A Banjo Song 4/2/2010
424. A Back-Log Song 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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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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