Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

241. Possession 4/2/2010
242. Lover's Lane 4/2/2010
243. A Roadway 4/2/2010
244. Melancholia 4/2/2010
245. Conscience And Remorse 4/2/2010
246. The Barrier 12/31/2002
247. Mortality 4/2/2010
248. Night 4/2/2010
249. Drizzle 4/2/2010
250. Comparison 4/2/2010
251. Dirge For A Soldier 4/2/2010
252. An Old Memory 4/2/2010
253. Limitations 4/2/2010
254. Discovered 4/2/2010
255. A Plantation Portrait 4/2/2010
256. Love's Humility 4/2/2010
257. Misapprehension 4/2/2010
258. Kidnaped 4/2/2010
259. From The Porch At Runnymede 4/2/2010
260. One Life 4/2/2010
261. Passion And Love 4/2/2010
262. Expectation 4/2/2010
263. In May 4/2/2010
264. Lonesome 4/2/2010
265. Ballad 4/2/2010
266. Fulfillment 4/2/2010
267. In Summer 4/2/2010
268. Curiosity 4/2/2010
269. A Musical 4/2/2010
270. Inspiration 4/2/2010
271. Li'L' Gal 4/2/2010
272. Death 4/2/2010
273. Appreciation 4/2/2010
274. Morning Song Of Love 4/2/2010
275. Night, Dim Night 4/2/2010
276. Lincoln 4/2/2010
277. Disappointed. 4/2/2010
278. Alexander Crummell--Dead 4/2/2010
279. A Lyric 4/2/2010
280. Faith 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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