The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar/The Poet

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He sang of life, serenely sweet,
            With, now and then, a deeper note.
            From some high peak, nigh yet remote,
He voiced the world's absorbing beat.

He sang of love when earth was young,
            And Love, itself, was in his lays.
            But, ah, the world, it turned to praise
A jingle in a broken tongue.

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