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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES             193
Afo' de day is dawnin' An' mix an' fix de cocktail Fo' marster in de mawnin'.
Dar's nuffin' gwine to budge him
F'um de ole arm char, Tell de cocktail am er comin', ,
Kase he jis* dat mighty quar Dat he sho'ly ain' er fittin'
Fur nuffin' all de day, Tell de cocktail I is gittin'
Is gone de proper way. Den he laugh away all trouble,
De bother he is scawnin', When he lay dat big foundation
Wid his cocktail in de mawnin'.
You kin talk about de julips,
An' de whisky toddy, too, An' de apple-jack an' honey,
An' de good ole mountin' dew, But dar's nuffin' gwine ter fix him
For de juties of de day, An' nuffin' gwine to comfort him,
An' drive de blues away, Lak dat whut I is talk erboutó
You hear my gentle warnin', Dey's nuffin' dat so lif him up
As a cocktail in de mawnin'.

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