The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar/Misapprehension

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Out of my heart, one day, I wrote a song,
  With my heart's blood imbued,
Instinct with passion, tremulously strong,
  With grief subdued;
  Breathing a fortitude
And one who claimed much love for what I wrought,
  Read and considered it,
    And spoke:
"Ay, brother,—'t is well writ,
    But where's the joke?"

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.