In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar


  If thro' the sea of night which here surrounds me,
    I could swim out beyond the farthest star,
  Break every barrier of circumstance that bounds me,
    And greet the Sun of sweeter life afar,

  Tho' near you there is passion, grief, and sorrow,
    And out there rest and joy and peace and all,
  I should renounce that beckoning for to-morrow,
    I could not choose to go beyond your call.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.