- 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: 58
Dunbar, P. (1913). Despair. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 17, 2022, from
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Paul Laurence Dunbar, "Despair," Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed January 17, 2022,.
Let me close the eyes of my soul
That I may not see
What stands between thee and me.
Let me shut the ears of my heart
That I may not hear
A voice that drowns yours, my dear.
Let me cut the cords of my life,
Of my desolate being,
Since cursed is my hearing and seeing.