College of Arts and Sciences
Dunbar Music Archive
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Published in Lyrics of Lowly Life (1895)
I am no priest of crooks nor creeds, For human wants and human needs Are more to me than prophets' deeds; And human tears and human cares Affect me more than human prayers.
Go, cease your wail, lugubrious saint! You fret high Heaven with your plaint. Is this the "Christian's joy" you paint? Is this the Christian's boasted bliss? Avails your faith no more than this?
Take up your arms, come out with me, Let Heav'n alone; humanity Needs more and Heaven less from thee. With pity for mankind look 'round; Help them to rise—and Heaven is found.
Dunbar, Paul Laurence, "Religion" (1895). Dunbar Music Archive. 325.