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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES             187
If I could live just as long as old Methusalum, Him dat used to live out towards old Jerusalum, Mebbe I wouldn' sorter wheedle an' bamboozlum, Oh, no, sinner man.
I wouldn' be bothered 'bout when will de king­dom come;
Dey couldn' skeer me wid de roll of de battle drum ;
'Deed I wouldn' keer a cent for de whole blame capoodlelum,
Oh, no, sinner man.
If I could live just as long as old Methusalam, I'd sing you a song about old Mister Abraham, An' I wouldn' be a day widout de possum an' de yaller yam,
Oh, no, sinner man.
I'd take a little journey away out to Amsterdam, Roll aroun' de worl', an' live on de berry jam; An' I wouldn' do a thing but mash ev'ry cullud lam',
Oh, no, sinner man.

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