Category Archives: Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

The Sum – Paul Laurence Dunbar

A little dreaming by the way, A little toiling day by day; A little pain, a little strife, A little joy,–and that is life. A little short-lived summer’s morn, When joy seems all so newly born, When one day’s sky … Continue reading

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The Sparrow – Paul Laurence Dunbar

A LITTLE bird, with plumage brown, Beside my window flutters down, A moment chirps its little strain, Then taps upon my window-pane, And chirps again, and hops along, To call my notice to its song; But I work on, nor … Continue reading

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The Pool – Paul Laurence Dunbar

By the pool that I see in my dreams, dear love, I have sat with you time and again; And listened beneath the dank leaves, dear love, To the sibilant sound of the rain. And the pool, it is silvery … Continue reading

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The Path – Paul Laurence Dunbar

THERE are no beaten paths to Glory’s height, There are no rules to compass greatness known; Each for himself must cleave a path alone, And press his own way forward in the fight. Smooth is the way to ease and … Continue reading

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The Song – Paul Laurence Dunbar

MY soul, lost in the music’s mist, Roamed, rapt, ‘neath skies of amethyst, The cheerless streets grew summer meads, The Son of Phœbus spurred his steeds, And, wand’ring down the mazy tune, December lost its way in June, While from … Continue reading

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The Dance – Paul Laurence Dunbar

Heel and toe, heel and toe, That is the song we sing; Turn to your partner and curtsey low, Balance and forward and swing. Corners are draughty and meadows are white, This is the game for a winter’s night. Hands … Continue reading

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poem – a golden day

I Found you and I lost you, All on a gleaming day. The day was filled with sunshine, And the land was full of May. A golden bird was singing Its melody divine, I found you and I loved you, … Continue reading

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