Song (Wintah, summah, snow er shine)

Original Text: 
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1913), Facsimile in The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, ed. Joanne M. Braxton (Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1993), p. 178. PS 1556 AI 1993 Robarts Library.
1Wintah, summah, snow er shine,
2  Hit's all de same to me,
3Ef only I kin call you mine,
4  An' keep you by my knee.
5Ha'dship, frolic, grief er caih,
6  Content by night an' day,
7Ef only I kin see you whaih
8  You wait beside de way.
9Livin', dyin', smiles er teahs,
10  My soul will still be free,
11Ef only thoo de comin' yeahs
12  You walk de worl' wid me.
13Bird-song, breeze-wail, chune er moan,
14  What puny t'ings dey'll be,
15Ef w'en I's seemin' all erlone,
16  I knows yo' hea't's wid me.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.