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Paul Laurence Dunbar
(1872-1906) born on
Jun 27
US poet, novelist, short-story writer. He was the first African American poet to gain a national audience; wrote four volumes of poetry including "Oak and Ivy."
With our short sight we affect to take a comprehensive view of eternity. Our horizon is the universe.

Oh, how with more than dreams the soul is torn,
Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes.
If my tongue were trained to measures,
I would sing a stirring song.
I hope there is something worthy in my writings and not merely the novelty of a black face associated with the power to rhyme that has attracted attention.
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,
This debt we pay to human guile . . .
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Uncalled," 1908.
R: "Ere Sleep Comes Down to Soothe the eary Eyes."
A: "The Colored Soldiers."
N: in Valerie Smith, AFRICAN-AMERICAN WRITERS, 1991
K: "We Wear the Mask."

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