Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

81. The Path 4/2/2010
82. The Meadow Lark 4/2/2010
83. The Turning Of The Babies In The Bed 4/2/2010
84. The Looking-Glass 4/2/2010
85. The Conquerors 4/2/2010
86. The Dove 4/2/2010
87. The Deserted Plantation 4/2/2010
88. To The Road 4/2/2010
89. The Spellin'-Bee 4/2/2010
90. The Veteran 4/2/2010
91. To A Dead Friend 4/2/2010
92. Riding To Town 4/2/2010
93. Response 4/2/2010
94. The Boogah Man 4/2/2010
95. The Visitor 4/2/2010
96. To Louise 4/2/2010
97. Two Little Boots 4/2/2010
98. The Wind And The Sea 4/2/2010
99. She Told Her Beads 4/2/2010
100. Reluctance 4/2/2010
101. To The South 4/2/2010
102. The Fount Of Tears 4/2/2010
103. Then And Now 4/2/2010
104. The End Of The Chapter 4/2/2010
105. Suppose 4/2/2010
106. Silence 4/2/2010
107. Toast To Dayton 4/2/2010
108. Trouble In De Kitchen 4/2/2010
109. Till The Wind Gets Right 4/2/2010
110. To A Lady Playing The Harp 4/2/2010
111. The Phantom Kiss 4/2/2010
112. Slow Through The Dark 4/2/2010
113. Spring Fever 4/2/2010
114. Robert Gould Shaw 4/2/2010
115. The Sparrow 4/2/2010
116. The Voice Of The Banjo 4/2/2010
117. Sunset 4/2/2010
118. The Rising Of The Storm 4/2/2010
119. The Lily Of The Valley 4/2/2010
120. The Warrior's Prayer 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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