canaa: (we wear the mask that grins and lies)

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counting all our tears and sighs

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Created on 2010-10-20 07:00:37 (#659931), last updated 2013-06-04 (224 weeks ago)

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Birthdate:Jul 31
Location:United States of America
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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 overwise,
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!

-- Paul Lawrence Dunbar
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