- 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: 33
Dunbar, P. (1913). To a Captious Critic. Lyrics of Love and Laughter (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved September 24, 2023, from
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. "To a Captious Critic." Lyrics of Love and Laughter. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. September 24, 2023.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, "To a Captious Critic," Lyrics of Love and Laughter, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed September 24, 2023,.
Dear critic, who my lightness so deplores,
Would I might study to be prince of bores,
Right wisely would I rule that dull estate—
But, sir, I may not, till you abdicate.