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190 NEGRO DIALECT VERSES
CAWN-PONE AN' GREENS.
Dey talks about dar eatin',
Dar salids, j'ints, an' sich, An' all de fixin's dat becomes
De tables of de rich; I 'low de high-tone doin's,
Dat comes widin dar means, Is monst'ous good, but gimme, please
Some hot cawn-pone an' greens.
Cawn-pone an' turnup greens!
Hear me, whut I say ? Bile de greens wid hawg-jole,
An' dar I wanter stay, Jis' wid my Lawd an' Marster,
Contented an' alone, 'Longside dat meat an' turnup-greens,
An' shortened hot cawn-pone.
Mos' coons is gone on possum;
I likes him mighty well, An' I likes a watah-million,
Heap mo' dan I kin tell; But I 'clar to Gracious Goodness,
Mer feelin's mostly leans To'des whut yo' hear me hollerin',
Dat's hot cawn-pone an' greens.