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Clasics in Ñspel: WE WEAR THE MASK, by Paul Laurence Dunbar

WI WER Ɖ MASC

Pōl Loṛns Dunbar

W wer ɖ masc ɖt grinz n lîz,

It hîdz ǎr ćīcs n śêdz ǎr îz,—

Ɖs dét w pe t hymn gîl;

Wɖ torn n blīdñ hārts w smîl,

N mǎɖ wɖ mirịd sutltiz.

Ẃ śd ɖ wrld b oṿwîz,

In cǎntñ ol ǎr tirz n saiz?

Nê, let ɖm onli si s, ẃl

W wer ɖ masc.

W smîl, bt, O gret Crîst, ǎr crîz

T ɖi fṛm torćrd soulz arîz.

W sñ, bt ǒ ɖ cle z vîl

Bnʈ ǎr fīt, n loñ ɖ mîl;

Bt let ɖ wrld drīm uɖ̇wz,

W wer ɖ masc!

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

Clasics in Ñspel: SYMPATHY, by Paul Laurence Dunbar

SIMṖƮI

Pōl Loṛns Dunbar

I nǒ ẃt ɖ cejd brd fīlz, alas!

Ẃn ɖ sún z brît on ɖ upḷnd slǒps;

Ẃn ɖ wind strz soft ʈru ɖ sprññ gras,

N ɖ rivr floz lîc a strīm v glas;

Ẃn ɖ frst brd sñz n ɖ frst bud ǒps,

N ɖ fent p’fym fṛm its ć̣alis stìlz—

I nǒ ẃt ɖ cejd brd fīlz!

 

I nǒ ẃ ɖ cejd brd bìts hiz wñ

Tl its blud z red on ɖ cruwl barz;

Fr h mst flî bac t hiz prć n clñ

Ẃn h fein wd b on ɖ bau a-swñ;

N a pen stl ʈrobz in ɖ old, old scarz

N ɖe puls agn wɖ a cīnr stñ—

I nǒ ẃ h bìts hiz wñ!

 

I nǒ ẃ ɖ cejd brd sñz, ā m,

Ẃn hiz wñ z bruzd n hiz bŭzm sor,—

Ẃn h bìts hiz barz n h wd b fri;

It z nt a caṛl v jô or gli,

Bt a prer ɖt h sndz fṛm hiz hart’s dīp cor,

Bt a pli, ɖt upwd t Hevn h flñz—

I nǒ ẃ ɖ cejd brd sñz!

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL