Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poetry Index

The Awakening

I did not know that life could be so sweet,
I did not know the hours could speed so
fleet,
Till I knew you, and life was sweet again.
The days grew brief with love and lack of
pain--
I was slave a few short days ago,
The powers of Kings and Princes now I know;
I would not be again in bondage, save
I had your smile, the liberty I crave.

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Lyrics Of Sunshine and Shadow

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