Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A Song

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: 102
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: longing, loss, love
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Thou art the soul of a summer’s day,
Thou art the breath of the rose.

But the summer is fled
And the rose is dead
Where are they gone, who knows, who knows?
Thou art the blood of my heart o’ hearts,
Thou art my soul’s repose,

But my heart grows numb
And my soul is dumb
Where art thou, love, who knows, who knows?
Thou art the hope of my after years—
Sun for my winter snows

But the years go by
‘Neath a clouded sky.
Where shall we meet, who knows, Who knows?