"We Wear the Mask"

Discover Dunbar's poignant insight on why we "wear the mask" to hide life's truths. Explore the human guise with us.

"We Wear the Mask"
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We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries To thee from tortured souls arise. We sing, but oh the clay is vile Beneath our feet, and long the mile; But let the world dream otherwise, We wear the mask!

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Paul Laurence Dunbar Collection