Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

81. Breaking The Charm 4/2/2010
82. By Rugged Ways 4/2/2010
83. By The Stream 4/2/2010
84. Changing Time 4/2/2010
85. Chrismus Is A-Comin' 4/2/2010
86. Chrismus On The Plantation 4/2/2010
87. Christmas 4/2/2010
88. Christmas Carol 4/2/2010
89. Christmas In The Heart 4/2/2010
90. Circumstances Alter Cases 4/2/2010
91. Columbian Ode 4/2/2010
92. Common Things 1/3/2003
93. Communion 4/2/2010
94. Comparison 4/2/2010
95. Compensation 11/22/2014
96. Confessional 4/2/2010
97. Confirmation 1/3/2003
98. Conscience And Remorse 4/2/2010
99. Curiosity 4/2/2010
100. Curtain 4/2/2010
101. Dat Ol' Mare O' Mine 4/2/2010
102. Dawn 4/2/2010
103. Day 4/2/2010
104. De Critters' Dance 4/2/2010
105. De Way T'Ings Come 4/2/2010
106. Deacon Jones' Grievance 4/2/2010
107. Dead 4/2/2010
108. Death 4/2/2010
109. Dely 4/2/2010
110. Despair 4/2/2010
111. Differences 4/2/2010
112. Dinah Kneading Dough 4/2/2010
113. Diplomacy 4/2/2010
114. Dirge 4/2/2010
115. Dirge For A Soldier 4/2/2010
116. Disappointed. 4/2/2010
117. Discovered 4/2/2010
118. Distinction 1/3/2003
119. Douglass 1/3/2003
120. Dream Song I 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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To Dan

STEP me now a bridal measure,
Work give way to love and leisure,
Hearts be free and hearts be gay --
Doctor Dan doth wed to-day.

Diagnosis, cease your squalling --
Check that scalpel's senseless bawling,
Put that ugly knife away --
Doctor Dan doth wed to-day.

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