Y'ought to hyeah dat gal a-warblin' Robins, la'ks an' all dem things Heish de mouffs an' hides dey faces When Malindy sings.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, When Malindy Sings
We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.Paul Laurence Dunbar
It is a little dark still, but there are warnings of the day and somewhere out of the darkness a bird is singing to the Dawn.Paul Laurence Dunbar
You are sweet, O Love, dear Love,You are soft as the nesting dove.Come to my heart and bring it restAs the bird flies home to its welcome nest.Paul Laurence Dunbar
I know why the caged bird sings!Paul Laurence Dunbar
Because you love me I have much achieved,Had you despised me then I must have failed,But since I knew you trusted and believed,I could not disappoint you and so prevailed.Paul Laurence Dunbar