- 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: 29
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“I am but clay,” the sinner plead,
Who fed each vain desire.
“Not only clay,” another said,
“But worse, for thou art mire.”