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Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar


If you could sit with me beside the sea to-day,
And whisper with me sweetest dreamings o'er and o'er;
I think I should not find the clouds so dim and gray,
And not so loud the waves complaining at the shore.

If you could sit with me upon the shore to-day,
And hold my hand in yours as in the days of old,
I think I should not mind the chill baptismal spray,
Nor find my hand and heart and all the world so cold.

If you could walk with me upon the strand to-day,
And tell me that my longing love had won your own,
I think all my sad thoughts would then be put away,
And I could give back laughter for the Ocean's moan!

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar's other poems:
  1. An Ante-Bellum Sermon
  2. Ode for Memorial Day
  3. The Rising of the Storm
  4. Accountability
  5. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold Longing ("Come to me in my dreams, and then")
  • Florence Coates Longing ("The lilacs blossom at the door")
  • Madison Cawein Longing ("When rathe wind-flowers many peer")
  • Ina Coolbrith Longing ("O foolish wisdom sought in books!")

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