Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896)

Lyrics of Lowly Life

With an introduction by W.D. Howells

First published by Dodd, Mead and Company

Copyright 1895 and 1896

Not They Who Soar

Not they who soar, but they who plod
Their rugged way, unhelped to God
Are heroes; they who higher fare,
And flying, fan the upper air,
Miss all the toil that hugs the sod.
'Tis they whose backs have felt the rod,
Whose feet have pressed the path unshod,
May smile upon defeated care,
Not they who soar.

High up there are no thorns to prod,
Nor boulders lurking 'neath the clod
To turn the keenness of the share;
For flight is ever free and rare;
But heroes, they the soil who've trod,
Not they who soar!

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Lyrics of Lowly Life, Majors and Minors

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