To A Captious Critic

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To A Captious Critic
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

             TO A CAPTIOUS CRITIC

Dear critic, who my lightness so deplores,
Would I might study to be prince of bores,
Right wisely would I rule that dull estate—
But, sir, I may not, till you abdicate.

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