Lyrics of the Hearthside

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Her Thoughts and His

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 124
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: love, sea
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The gray of the sea, and the gray of the sky,
A glimpse of the moon like a half–closed eye.
The gleam on the waves and the light on the land,
A thrill in my heart,—and—my sweetheart’s hand.

She turned from the sea with a woman’s grace,
And the light fell soft on her upturned face,
And I thought of the flood–tide of infinite bliss
That would flow to my heart from a single kiss.

But my sweetheart was shy, so I dared not ask
For the boon, so bravely I wore the mask.
But into her face there came a flame:—
I wonder could she have been thinking the same?