Tuesday, 16 November 2021

We Wear the Mask


We wear the mask...
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!

We Wear the Mask
—Paul Laurence Dunbar, from Majors and Minors, 1895

The Art:
All art is wholly owned by the artists.

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