- 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: 55
Dunbar, P. (1913). Love's Draft. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 24, 2023, from
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Paul Laurence Dunbar, "Love's Draft," Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed September 24, 2023,.
The draft of love was cool and sweet
You gave me in the cup,
But, ah, love’s fire is keen and fleet,
And I am burning up.
Unless the tears I shed for you
Shall quench this burning flame,
It will consume me through and through,
And leave but ash—a name.