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Identifier

MSS114_B01F04_013A

Creation Date

4-2-1895

Keywords

Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans

Description

Date is approximate; poem may have accompanied the letter from Maud Clark dated April 2, 1895.

(page 1)

It does not matter

It does not matter very much to me Tho’ what strange ways my pathway now may lead; Since I know that it runs away from thee I give it little heed

It does not matter if in calm or strife Shall ebb and flow for me tho future tide I had but one great longing in my life And that has been denied

It does not matter if I stand or fall Or walk with kings or with rank or file Lifes loftiest aims and best ambition, all Were centred in thy smile

This is the poem I had sent to one which I spoke of the next verse fits in my case so I send it

(page 2)

It does not matter what the world may say I feel no interest in its blame or praise I only know we dwell apart today And shall this endless day

It does not matter to my (illegible) heart Is numb to sorrow or to pleasure touch Since it must be that we two drift apart Why, nothing matters much;

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Primary Item Type

Personal Correspondence

Second Item Type

literary

Rights

This item is part of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House collection at Ohio History Connection, Columbus, Ohio. The collection contains items from 219 N. Summit St., Dayton, Ohio (later 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.), the home Dunbar purchased for his mother, Matilda J. Dunbar, in 1904. Paul Laurence Dunbar lived there until his death in 1906; Matilda lived there until her death in 1934. It is now the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, part of the National Park Service.

Keywords

Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans

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