Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Thou Art My Lute - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,--
My being is attuned to thee.
Thou settest all my words a-wing,
And meltest me to melody.

Thou art my life, by thee I live,
From thee proceed the joys I know;
Sweetheart, thy hand has power to give
The meed of love--the cup of woe.

Thou art my love, by thee I lead
My soul the paths of light along,
From vale to vale, from mead to mead,
And home it in the hills of song.

My song, my soul, my life, my all,
Why need I pray or make my plea,
Since my petition cannot fall;
For I 'm already one with thee!

Comments about Thou Art My Lute by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • (9/26/2016 11:56:00 PM)

    A simple yet very profound love song. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (9/26/2016 3:41:00 PM)

    very straight from the heart (Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O Brian (9/26/2016 8:39:00 AM)

    thy hand has power to give
    The meed of love- the cup of woe.

    The uncomplicated rhythm, nonostentatious vocabulary, and easy, almost natural rhyming belie the deeper beauty of this poem. The words do not get in the way of a sentiment expressed with natural power, like love itself.

    Seamus O Brian(3/8/2017 11:18:00 AM)

    Yes, the lute is a metaphor for his lover, who creates a melody by which his life responds in its own song. Quite a romantic metaphor, actually.

    (3/8/2017 7:26:00 AM)

    I love the poem and know that it's a love song, but I have one question. Is the lute being compared to his lover (metaphor) /serving as a substitution for his lover?

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  • (9/26/2016 7:56:00 AM)

    Excellent poem. I like it very much. (Report)Reply

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  • Barry Middleton (9/26/2016 7:51:00 AM)

    A lovely poem of love. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/26/2016 1:19:00 AM)

    With the flute of love! Nice work. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/30/2012 10:55:00 AM)

    Fantastic rhythm and flow... Wonderful, touching sentiment... How can you people rate this @ 5.5? Duhh! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010

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