Paul Laurence Dunbar quotes

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Lay me down beneaf de willers in de grass,
Whah de branch'll go a-singin' as it pass.
Fu' I t'ink de las' long res'
Gwine to soothe my sperrit bes'
If I's layin' 'mong de t'ings I's allus knowed.
An angel, robed in spotless white,
Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night.
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And catch the gleaming of a random light,
That tells me that the ship I seek is passing, passing.
Is there no hope for me? Is there no way
That I may sight and check that speeding bark
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Out in the sky the great dark clouds are massing;
I look far out into the pregnant night,
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
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I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
This is the debt I pay
Just for one riotous day,
Slight was the thing I bought,
Small was the debt I thought,
Poor was the loan at best--
God! but the interest!
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