- 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: 102
Dunbar, P. (1913). To a Dead Friend. Lyrics of Love and Laughter (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved December 10, 2013, from
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Paul Laurence Dunbar, "To a Dead Friend," Lyrics of Love and Laughter, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed December 10, 2013,.
It is as if a silver chord
Were suddenly grown mute,
And life’s song with its rhythm warred
Against a silver lute.
It is as if a silence fell
Where bides the garnered sheaf,
And voices murmuring, “It is well,”
Are stifled by our grief.
It is as if the gloom of night
Had hid a summer’s day,
And willows, sighing at their plight,
Bent low beside the way.
For he was part of all the best
That Nature loves and gives,
And ever more on Memory’s breast
He lies and laughs and lives.