Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

121. Dream Song Ii 4/2/2010
122. Dreamin' Town 4/2/2010
123. Dreams 4/2/2010
124. Drizzle 4/2/2010
125. Emancipation 4/2/2010
126. Encouraged 12/31/2002
127. Encouragement 12/31/2002
128. Equipment 4/2/2010
129. Ere Sleep Comes Down To Soothe The Weary Eyes 4/2/2010
130. Evening 4/2/2010
131. Expectation 4/2/2010
132. Faith 4/2/2010
133. Farewell To Arcady 4/2/2010
134. Fishing 4/2/2010
135. Foolin' Wid De Seasons 4/2/2010
136. For The Man Who Fails 4/2/2010
137. Forever 4/2/2010
138. Frederick Douglass 3/10/2003
139. From The Porch At Runnymede 4/2/2010
140. Fulfillment 4/2/2010
141. Good-Night 4/2/2010
142. Growin' Gray 4/2/2010
143. Harriet Beecher Stowe 4/2/2010
144. He Had His Dream 4/2/2010
145. Her Thoughts And His 4/2/2010
146. Hope 4/2/2010
147. How Lucy Backslid 4/2/2010
148. How Shall I Woo Thee 4/2/2010
149. Howdy, Honey, Howdy 12/31/2002
150. Hunting Song 4/2/2010
151. Hymn 4/2/2010
152. If 4/2/2010
153. If I Could But Forget 1/3/2003
154. In An English Garden 4/2/2010
155. In August 4/2/2010
156. In May 4/2/2010
157. In Summer 4/2/2010
158. In Summer Time 4/2/2010
159. In The Morning 4/2/2010
160. In The Tents Of Akbar 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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