Lyrics of the Hearthside

by Paul Laurence Dunbar


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: 63
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: heart, song
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Out of my heart, one day, I wrote a song,
With my heart’s blood imbued,
Instinct with passion, tremulously strong,
With grief subdued;
Breathing a fortitude

And one who claimed much love for what I wrought,
Read and considered it,
And spoke:
“Ay, brother,—’t is well writ,
But where’s the joke?”