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204              NEGRO DIALECT VERSES
FO' DEY SET DE DARKIES FRER
Dar's er monst'ous sight er difference,
Jes' as sho' as you is bawn, On de ole plantation farmin'
'Mong de 'backer and de cawn. De days ain't lak dey useter wuz,
Hit's plain ernuff to see, An' de change is mighty bindin'
Sence dey set de darkies free.
Dar's er fiel' dat's growed in saplin's,
Whar jis' many of a day We'se hilt de plow and worked de hoe,
Lak hit wuz fines' play. De sassafrac has tuck it, en
Dar's on'y you an' me To fight dem briar bushes,
Sence dey set de darkies free.
We has got er heap er freedom,
But de shugar's mighty skase, An' de birds doan seem er singin',
'Roun' de blessed ole home place As sweet as in de days back dar,
Of plenty, work an' glee, Dat we kin re-commember
Fo' dey set de darkies free.






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