My heart to thy heart,
   My hand to thine;
My lips to thy lips,
   Kisses are wine
Brewed for the lover in sunshine and shade;
Let me drink deep, then, my African maid.
Lily to lily,
    Rose unto rose;
My love to thy love
    Tenderly grows.
Rend not the oak and the ivy in twain,
Nor the swart maid from her swarthier swain.


This poem is in the public domain. 

About this Poem

"Song" appeared in The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Dodd, Mead and Company, 1913).