- 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: 70
Dunbar, P. (1913). "The Master-Player". Lyrics of Lowly Life (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 20, 2022, from
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. ""The Master-Player"." Lyrics of Lowly Life. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. January 20, 2022.
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An old, worn harp that had been played
Till all its strings were loose and frayed,
Joy, Hate, and Fear, each one essayed,
To play. But each in turn had found
No sweet responsiveness of sound.
Then Love the Master–Player came
With heaving breast and eyes aflame;
The Harp he took all undismayed,
Smote on its strings, still strange to song,
And brought forth music sweet and strong.