- 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: 39
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The poor man went to the rich man’s doors,
“I come as Lazarus came,” he said.
The rich man turned with humble head,—
“I will send my dogs to lick your sores!”