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Invitation to Love - Paul Laurence Dunbar

Invitation to Love - Paul Laurence Dunbar (1873-1907)

COME when the nights are bright with stars 
          Or when the moon is mellow; 
Come when the sun his golden bars 
          Drops on the hay-field yellow. 
Come in the twilight soft and gray, 
Come in the night or come in the day, 
Come, O love, whene'er you may, 
          And you are welcome, welcome.

You are sweet, O Love, dear Love, 
You are soft as the nesting dove. 
Come to my heart and bring it rest 
As the bird flies home to its welcome nest.

Come when my heart is full of grief 
          Or when my heart is merry; 
Come with the falling of the leaf 
          Or with the redd'ning cherry. 
Come when the year's first blossom blows, 
Come when the summer gleams and glows, 
Come with the winter's drifting snows, 
          And you are welcome, welcome.


Reading great works like this from days gone by, I get even more frustrated when I encounter people, especially young black people, who know nothing of the richness of black culture and history.