- 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: 66
Dunbar, P. (1913). Roses and Pearls. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 24, 2023, from
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Paul Laurence Dunbar, "Roses and Pearls," Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed September 24, 2023,.
Your spoken words are roses fine and sweet,
The songs you sing are perfect pearls of sound.
How lavish nature is about your feet,
To scatter flowers and jewels both around.
Blushing the stream of petal beauty flows,
Softly the white strings trickle down and shine.
Oh! speak to me, my love, I crave a rose.
Sing me a song, for I would pearls were mine.