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Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar


  "Thou art a fool," said my head to my heart,
  "Indeed, the greatest of fools thou art,
    To be led astray by the trick of a tress,
  By a smiling face or a ribbon smart;"
    And my heart was in sore distress.

  Then Phyllis came by, and her face was fair,
  The light gleamed soft on her raven hair;
    And her lips were blooming a rosy red.
  Then my heart spoke out with a right bold air:
    "Thou art worse than a fool, O head!"

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar's other poems:
  1. Whittier
  2. The Master-Player
  3. The Rising of the Storm
  4. Accountability
  5. The Old Apple-Tree

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