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Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar


  Deep in my heart that aches with the repression,
    And strives with plenitude of bitter pain,
  There lives a thought that clamors for expression,
    And spends its undelivered force in vain.

  What boots it that some other may have thought it?
    The right of thoughts' expression is divine;
  The price of pain I pay for it has bought it,
    I care not who lays claim to it--'t is mine!

  And yet not mine until it be delivered;
    The manner of its birth shall prove the test.
  Alas, alas, my rock of pride is shivered--
    I beat my brow--the thought still unexpressed.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar's other poems:
  1. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle
  2. The Rising of the Storm
  3. An Ante-Bellum Sermon
  4. Ode for Memorial Day
  5. Passion and Love

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