We Wear the Mask

  • We Wear the Mask

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

    We wear the mask that grins and lies,

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  • It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

  • This debt we pay to human guile;

  • With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

  • And mouth with myriad subtleties.

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Why should the world be over-wise,

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  • In counting all our tears and sighs?

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Nay, let them only see us, while

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  • We wear the mask.

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

    We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

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  • To thee from tortured souls arise.

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

    We sing, but oh the clay is vile

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  • Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

  • But let the world dream otherwise,

  • We wear the mask!


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