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Lyrics of Love and Laughter

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Looking-Glass

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: 183

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Dinah stan’ befo’ de glass,
Lookin’ moughty neat,
An’ huh purty shadder sass
At huh haid an’ feet.
While she sasshay ‘roun’ an’ bow,
Smilin’ den an’ poutin’ now,
An’ de lookin’–glass, I ‘low,
Say: “Now, ain’t she sweet?”

All she do, de glass it see,
Hit des see, no mo’,
Seems to me, hit ought to be
Drappin’ on de flo’.
She go w’en huh time git slack,
Kissin’ han’s an’ smilin’ back,
Lawsy, how my lips go smack,
Watchin’ at de do’.

Wisht I was huh lookin’–glass,
Wen she kissed huh han’;
Does you t’ink I ‘d let it pass,
Settin’ on de stan’?
No; I’d des’ fall down an’ break,
Kin’ o’ glad ‘t uz fu’ huh sake;
But de diffunce, dat whut make
Lookin’–glass an’ man.