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by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar


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My neighbor lives on the hill,
   And I in the valley dwell,
My neighbor must look down on me,
   Must I look up?—ah, well,
My neighbor lives on the hill,
   And I in the valley dwell.

My neighbor reads, and prays,
   And I—I laugh, God wot,
And sing like a bird when the grass is green
   In my small garden plot;
But ah, he reads and prays,
   And I—I laugh, God wot.

His face is a book of woe,
   And mine is a song of glee;
A slave he is to the great "They say,"
   But I—I am bold and free;
No wonder he smacks of woe,
   And I have the tang of glee.

My neighbor thinks me a fool,
   "The same to yourself," say I;
"Why take your books and take your prayers,
  Give me the open sky;"
My neighbor thinks me a fool,
  "The same to yourself," say I.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.