"A Song" is the fifth and final song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Jump Back!: African American Poetry in Song. The cycle sets five poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar and is available through Southern Music Company.
The audio selection in the player to the right features Barbara Hill Moore, soprano, and Richard Gordon, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.
Song (Wintah, summah, snow er shine)
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Wintah, summah, snow er shine,
Hit's all de same to me,
Ef only I kin call you mine,
An' keep you by my knee.
Ha'dship, frolic, grief er caih,
Content by night an' day,
Ef only I kin see you whaih
You wait beside de way.
Livin', dyin', smiles er teahs,
My soul will still be free,
Ef only thoo de comin' yeahs
You walk de worl' wid me.
Bird-song, breeze-wail, chune er moan,
What puny t'ings dey'll be,
Ef w'en I's seemin' all erlone,
I knows yo' hea't's wid me.