Lyrics of Lowly Life
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
- 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: 116
- Genre: Poetry
- Keywords: death, eternal, life, poet
- ✎ Cite This
Dunbar, P. (1913). "Whittier". Lyrics of Lowly Life (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved March 22, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/187/lyrics-of-lowly-life/3563/whittier/
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. ""Whittier"." Lyrics of Lowly Life. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/187/lyrics-of-lowly-life/3563/whittier/>. March 22, 2023.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, ""Whittier"," Lyrics of Lowly Life, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed March 22, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/187/lyrics-of-lowly-life/3563/whittier/.
Not o’er thy dust let there be spent
The gush of maudlin sentiment;
Such drift as that is not for thee,
Whose life and deeds and songs agree,
Sublime in their simplicity.
Nor shall the sorrowing tear be shed.
O singer sweet, thou art not dead!
In spite of time’s malignant chill,
With living fire thy songs shall thrill,
And men shall say, “He liveth still!”
Great poets never die, for Earth
Doth count their lives of too great worth
To lose them from her treasured store;
So shalt thou live for evermore—
Though far thy form from mortal ken—
Deep in the hearts and minds of men.