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At the Tavern

Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872 (Dayton) – 1906



A lilt and a swing,
  And a ditty to sing,
  Or ever the night grow old;
  The wine is within,
  And I'm sure t'were a sin
  For a soldier to choose to be cold, my dear,
  For a soldier to choose to be cold.
  We're right for a spell,
  But the fever is -- well,
  No thing to be braved, at least;
  So bring me the wine;
  No low fever in mine,
 For a drink more kind than a priest, my dear,
 For a drink is more kind than a
  priest.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was a seminal American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries Dunbar gained national recognition for his 1896 Lyrics of a Lowly Life one poem in the collection being Ode to Ethiopia more…

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