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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES             189
There's no little coon like mine ;
Jes' see how he face do shine; Come rockaby, mer tiny, Yo' mammy's pickaninny;
There's no little coon like mine.
Rockaby, mer baby, Ain' yo' nevah gwine a'sleepin' ?
De win' am er howlin', An' de ghos'es is er creepin' Down th'oo de flue, an' de blue-gum man
Is er waitin' fur to bite um, Ez sho ez he can. Yo' daddy is a'comin',
An' de way he walk He's er totin' watah-millions
An' de shugar-caney stalk.
Mammy is er rockin' Of her baby, an' er singin',
De ole owl's er hootin', An' de yuther birds is wingin' 'Way to dar nestes, up de high tree,
An' de cawn-pone's in de oven Fur daddy an' me. Yo' daddy's mighty handy
'Roun' er chicken roos', An' he got a tas'e fur pullet,
An' he doan despise a goose.

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