Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

201. Bein' Back Home 4/2/2010
202. Ione 4/2/2010
203. Love's Chastening 4/2/2010
204. Love's Phases 4/2/2010
205. Love's Seasons 4/2/2010
206. Fulfillment 4/2/2010
207. Absence 4/2/2010
208. In Summer Time 4/2/2010
209. Ode For Memorial Day 4/2/2010
210. My Sort O' Man 4/2/2010
211. By Rugged Ways 4/2/2010
212. Farewell To Arcady 4/2/2010
213. Possum Trot 4/2/2010
214. Dat Ol' Mare O' Mine 4/2/2010
215. At Night 4/2/2010
216. Chrismus On The Plantation 4/2/2010
217. Preparation 4/2/2010
218. A Song (#3) 4/2/2010
219. A Preference 4/2/2010
220. A Spring Wooing 4/2/2010
221. Whip-Poor-Will And Katy-Did 4/2/2010
222. After Many Days 4/2/2010
223. Communion 4/2/2010
224. Love's Draft 4/2/2010
225. On The Death Of W. C. 4/2/2010
226. A Song (#2) 4/2/2010
227. Christmas In The Heart 4/2/2010
228. Evening 4/2/2010
229. How Lucy Backslid 4/2/2010
230. How Shall I Woo Thee 4/2/2010
231. Love Despoiled 4/2/2010
232. Rain-Songs 4/2/2010
233. A Summer Pastoral 4/2/2010
234. To Dan 12/31/2002
235. Love 4/2/2010
236. Just Whistle A Bit 4/2/2010
237. When A Feller's Itching To Be Spanked 4/2/2010
238. Opportunity 4/2/2010
239. Advice 4/2/2010
240. Changing Time 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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