Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Confessional - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Search thou my heart;
If there be guile,
It shall depart
Before thy smile.

Search thou my soul;
Be there deceit,
'T will vanish whole
Before thee, sweet.

Upon my mind
Turn thy pure lens;
Naught shalt thou find
Thou canst not cleanse.

If I should pray,
I scarcely know
In just what way
My prayers would go.

So strong in me
I feel love's leaven,
I 'd bow to thee
As soon as Heaven!


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010



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