Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

1. Right's Security 4/2/2010
2. Speakin' At De Cou'T-House 4/2/2010
3. Speakin' O' Christmas 4/2/2010
4. The Bohemian 4/2/2010
5. The Boogah Man 4/2/2010
6. The Change Has Come 4/2/2010
7. The Death Of The First Born 4/2/2010
8. The Dilettante: A Modern Type 4/2/2010
9. The Discovery 4/2/2010
10. The Lapse 4/2/2010
11. The Memory Of Martha 4/2/2010
12. The Monk's Walk 4/2/2010
13. The Murdered Lover 4/2/2010
14. The Masters 4/2/2010
15. The Mystic Sea 4/2/2010
16. The Ol' Tunes 4/2/2010
17. The Old Apple-Tree 4/2/2010
18. The Sand-Man 4/2/2010
19. The Song 4/2/2010
20. The Valse 4/2/2010
21. The Voice Of The Banjo 4/2/2010
22. Two Songs 4/2/2010
23. Unexpressed 4/2/2010
24. The Visitor 4/2/2010
25. The Wooing 4/2/2010
26. The Wraith 4/2/2010
27. The Sum 4/2/2010
28. Time To Tinker 'Roun'! 4/2/2010
29. To E. H. K. 4/2/2010
30. To A Lady Playing The Harp 4/2/2010
31. To An Ingrate 4/2/2010
32. To The Memory Of Mary Young 4/2/2010
33. To Pfrimmer 4/2/2010
34. The Secret 4/2/2010
35. The Phantom Kiss 4/2/2010
36. The Poet And The Baby 4/2/2010
37. The Pool 4/2/2010
38. The Quilting 4/2/2010
39. The Real Question 4/2/2010
40. The News 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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