Lyrics of the Hearthside

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Love Despoiled

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: 114
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: love, pity, summer
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As lone I sat one summer’s day,
With mien dejected, Love came by;
His face distraught, his locks astray,
So slow his gait, so sad his eye,
I hailed him with a pitying cry:

“Pray, Love, what has disturbed thee so?”
Said I, amazed. “Thou seem’st bereft;
And see thy quiver hanging low,—
What, not a single arrow left?
Pray, who is guilty of this theft?”

Poor Love looked in my face and cried:
“No thief were ever yet so bold
To rob my quiver at my side.
But Time, who rules, gave ear to Gold,
And all my goodly shafts are sold.”