- 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: 63
Dunbar, P. (1913). Misapprehension. Lyrics of the Hearthside (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved August 14, 2022, from
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. "Misapprehension." Lyrics of the Hearthside. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. August 14, 2022.
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Out of my heart, one day, I wrote a song,
With my heart’s blood imbued,
Instinct with passion, tremulously strong,
With grief subdued;
Breathing a fortitude
And one who claimed much love for what I wrought,
Read and considered it,
“Ay, brother,—’t is well writ,
But where’s the joke?”