- 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: 102
Dunbar, P. (1913). To Her. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 17, 2022, from
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Paul Laurence Dunbar, "To Her," Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed January 17, 2022,.
Your presence like a benison to me
Wakes my sick soul to dreamful ecstasy,
I fancy that some old Arabian night
Saw you my houri and my heart’s delight.
And wandering forth beneath the passionate moon,
Your love–strung zither and my soul in tune,
We knew the joy, the haunting of the pain
That like a flame thrills through me now again.
To–night we sit where sweet the spice winds blow,
A wind the northland lacks and ne’er shall know,
With clasped hands and spirits all aglow
As in Arabia in the long ago.