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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES
HARD TIMES GWINE AWAY.
I gwine to wrop dese fish lines up
An' leave dis fishin' hole. I gwine to throw dis bait-hawn 'way
An' hide dis fishin' pole. Dar ain' no time fur fishin' now,
Dat whistle done is blow, An' I gwine down to dat ole mill
Ez fas' ez I kin go.
" What fur?" you axes, jes' ez if
You doan' know nuffin' 't all 'Bout how ole Hard Times gwine erway
Whar he can't hurt we-all; An' how de mill is start ergin,
An Good Times he am come, To give us people lots er work An' make dem mill wheels hum.
" How come ?" Well, you is monst'ous slow,
Whar is you ben erway Dat you ain' hear de joyful news
Dat come out here today ? De white folks, dey done fix things up
An' all de signs is right, So bizness gwine to start ergin
An' whoop up, out er sight.