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Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1904)

  • A Banjo Song
       Oh, dere's lots o' keer an' trouble
  • A Border Ballad
       Oh, I have n't got long to live, for we all
  • A Career
       "Break me my bounds, and let me fly
  • A Christmas Folksong
       De win' is blowin' wahmah,
  • A Confidence
       Uncle John, he makes me tired;
  • A Coquette Conquered
       Yes, my ha't 's ez ha'd ez stone--
  • A Corn-Song
       On the wide veranda white,
  • A Creed and Not a Creed
       I am no priest of crooks nor creeds,
  • A Death Song
       Lay me down beneaf de willers in
  • A Drowsy Day
       The air is dark, the sky is gray,
  • A Florida Night
       Win' a-blowin' gentle so de san' lay
  • A Golden Day
       I Found you and I lost you,
  • A Love Letter
       Oh, I des received a letter f'om de
  • A Lyric
       My lady love lives far away,
  • A Madrigal
       Dream days of fond delight and hours,
  • A Negro Love Song
       Seen my lady home las' night,
  • A Plea
       Treat me nice, Miss Mandy Jane,
  • A Prayer
       Oh Lord, the hard won miles
  • A Question
       I wist not that I had the pow'r to sing,
  • A Starry Night
       A cloud fell down from the heavens,
  • A Summer Night
       Summah is de lovin' time--
  • A Summer Pastoral
       It's hot to-day. The bees is buzzin'
  • A Summer's Night
       The night is dewy as a maiden's mouth,
  • A Thanksgiving Poem
       The sun hath shed its kindly light,
  • Accountability
       Folks aint got no right to censuah uthah folks ahout
  • Advice
       W'en you full o' worry
  • After a Visit
       I be'n down in ole Kentucky
  • After the Quarrel
       So we, who've supped the self-same cup,
  • After While
       I think that though the clouds be dark,
  • Alice
       Know you, winds that blow your course
  • An Ante-Bellum Sermon
       We is gathahed hyeah, my brothahs,
  • An Easter Ode
       To the cold, dark grave they go
  • An Easy-Goin' Feller
       Ther' ain't no use in all this strife,
  • An Old Memory
       How sweet the music sounded
  • At the Tavern
       A lilt and a swing,
  • Barrier, The
       The Midnight wooed the Morning Star,
  • Beyond the Years
       Beyond the years the answer lies,
  • Blue
       Stannin' at de winder,
  • By the Stream
       By the stream I dream in calm delight, and
  • Colored Band, The
       W'en de colo'ed ban' comes ma'chin' down de street,
  • Colored Soldiers, The
       If the muse were mine to tempt it
  • Confirmation
       He was a poet who wrote clever verses,
  • Conscience And Remorse
       "Good-Bye," I said to my conscience--
  • Corn Stalk Fiddle, The
       When the corn's all cut and the bright
  • Debt, The
       This is the debt I pay
  • Deserted Plantation, The
       Oh, de grubbin'-hoe's a-rustin' in de co'nah,
  • Douglass
       Ah, Douglass we have fall'n on evil days,
  • Encouraged
       Because you love me I have much achieved,
  • Encouragement
       Who dat knockin' at de do'?
  • Ere Sleep Comes Down to Soothe the Weary Eyes
       Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes,
  • Farm Child's Lullaby, The
       Oh, the little bird is rocking in the cradle of the wind,
  • Frederick Douglass
       A hush is over all the teeming lists,
  • Haunted Oak, The
       Pray why are you so bare, so bare,
  • He Had His Dream
       He had his dream, and all through life,
  • Howdy, Honey, Howdy
       DO' a-stan'in' on a jar, fiah a-shinin'
  • In the Morning
       'Lias! 'Lias! Bless de Lawd!
  • Ione
       Ah, yes, 't is sweet still to remember,
  • Lawyers' Way, The
       I've been list'nin' to them lawyers
  • Little Brown Baby
       Little brown baby wif spa'klin' eyes,
  • Longing
       If you could sit with me beside the sea to-day,
  • Lover and the Moon, The
       A lover whom duty called over the wave,
  • Morning
       The mist has left the greening plain,
  • Mystery, The
       I was not; now I am--a few days hence
  • Night of Love
       The moon has left the sky, love,
  • Not They Who Soar
       Not they who soar, but they who plod
  • Ode to Ethiopia
       O Mother Race! to thee I bring
  • Old Front Gate, The
       W'en daih's chillun in de house,
  • Passion and Love
       A maiden wept and, as a comforter,
  • Poet and His Song, The
       A song is but a little thing,
  • Poet, The
       He sang of life, serenely sweet,
  • Retort
       "Thou art a fool," said my head to my heart,
  • Rivals, The
       'Twas three an' thirty year ago,
  • Sand-Man, The
       I know a man
  • Seedling, The
       As a quiet little seedling
  • Ships that Pass in The Night
       Out in the sky the great dark clouds are massing;
  • Signs of the Time
       Air a-gittin' cool an' coolah,
  • Song
       My heart to thy heart,
  • Sympathy
       I know what the caged bird feels.
  • Theology
       There is a heaven, for ever, day by day,
  • To Dan
       Step me now a bridal measure,
  • To Louise
       Oh, the poets may sing of their Lady Irenes,
  • Trouble in De Kitchen
       Dey was oncet a awful quoil 'twixt de skillet an' de pot;
  • Two Songs
       A Bee that was searching for sweets one day
  • Unexpressed
       Deep in my heart that aches with the repression,
  • Unlucky Apple, The
       'Twas the apple that in Eden
  • We Wear the Mask
       We wear the mask that grins and lies,
  • When De Co'n Pone's Hot
       Dey is times in life when Nature
  • When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers
       Dey was talkin' in de cabin, dey was talkin' in de hall;
  • When Malindy Sings
       G'way an' quit dat noise, Miss Lucy --
  • Why Fades a Dream?
       Why fades a dream?