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Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar


Life


  A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in,
  A minute to smile and an hour to weep in,
  A pint of joy to a peck of trouble,
  And never a laugh but the moans come double;
          And that is life!

  A crust and a corner that love makes precious,
  With a smile to warm and the tears to refresh us;
  And joy seems sweeter when cares come after,
  And a moan is the finest of foils for laughter;
          And that is life!



Paul Laurence Dunbar


Paul Laurence Dunbar's other poems:
  1. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle
  2. The Rising of the Storm
  3. Ode for Memorial Day
  4. Whittier
  5. Frederick Douglass


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Bront Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley Life ("Life's a name")
  • Anna Barbauld Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • Florence Coates Life ("Before we knew thee thou wert with us; ay")
  • James Johnson Life ("Out of the infinite sea of eternity")
  • Henry Van Dyke Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")
  • Mary Robinson Life ("What is this world?thy school, O misery!")

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