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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES
ZOE'S PLEA.
'Deed Zo' was black, en me in love
Wid dat dark, woolly lamb; En now we's married good en strong
En happy ez er clam. But bress yo' life, we had to go
Clean outen owah station, All kase dat Zo', she up en say,
Widout no hezmitation: Ise live' ermung dese pasturs, mun,
Sence I had re-collection, But I mus' move—dis blue grass doan'
Match up wid my'complexion."
THE DINNER HORN.
I 'members, honey, mighty well,
De good ole times dat's gone, When us darkeys useter stop de hoe
To hear de dinnah hawn. Oh dat was sweetes' music
'Bout de middle of de day— Dat soundin' of de ole cow hawn
To call us ail away,
To call us all away
To hot pone en hock-bone, Dat mek de darkey gay.






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