Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in,
    A minute to smile and an hour to weep in,
    A pint of joy to a peck of trouble,
    And never a laugh but the moans come double;
    And that is life!

    A crust and a corner that love makes precious,
    With a smile to warm and the...

  • If

    If life were but a dream, my Love,
    And death the waking time;
    If day had not a beam, my Love,
    And night had not a rhyme, --
    A barren, barren world were this
    Without one saving gleam;
    I'd only ask that with a kiss
    You'd wake me from the dream.

    If dreaming...

  • Thou art a fool," said my head to my heart,
    "Indeed, the greatest of fools thou art,
    To be led astray by trick of a tress,
    By a smiling face or a ribbon smart;"
    And my heart was in sore distress.

    Then Phyllis came by, and her face was fair,
    The light gleamed...