Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

To Dan

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: 184
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: caring, doctor, love
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Step me now a bridal measure,
Work give way to love and leisure,
Hearts be free and hearts be gay—
Doctor Dan doth wed to–day.

Diagnosis, cease your squalling—
Check that scalpel’s senseless bawling,
Put that ugly knife away—
Doctor Dan doth wed to–day.

‘Tis no time for things unsightly,
Life’s the day and life goes lightly;
Science lays aside her sway—
Love rules Dr. Dan to–day.

Gather, gentlemen and ladies,
For the nuptial feast now made is,
Swing your garlands, chant your lay
For the pair who wed to–day.

Wish them happy days and many,
Troubles few and griefs not any,
Lift your brimming cups and say
God bless them who wed to–day.

Then a cup to Cupid daring,
Who for conquest ever faring,
With his arrows dares assail
E’en a doctor’s coat of mail.

So with blithe and happy hymning
And with harmless goblets brimming,
Dance a step—musicians play—
Doctor Dan doth wed to–day.