We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.
1895 'We Wear the Mask', stanza1.
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
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