- 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.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 130
Dunbar, P. (1913). The Barrier. Lyrics of the Hearthside (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 29, 2017, from
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The Midnight wooed the Morning–Star,
And prayed her: “Love come nearer;
Your swinging coldly there afar
To me but makes you dearer!”
The Morning–Star was pale with dole
As said she, low replying:
“Oh, lover mine, soul of my soul,
For you I too am sighing.
“But One ordained when we were born,
In spite of Love’s insistence,
That Night might only view the Morn
Adoring at a distance.”
But as she spoke the jealous Sun
Across the heavens panted.
“Oh, whining fools,” he cried, “have done;
Your wishes shall be granted!”
He hurled his flaming lances far;
The twain stood unaffrighted—
And Midnight and the Morning–Star
Lay down in death united!