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


"I am but clay," the sinner plead,
  Who fed each vain desire.
"Not only clay," another said,
  "But worse, for thou art mire."

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