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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES             215
I hear dem niggahs singin'
De songs of long ago, An thoo my mem'ry's ringin' De tales I useter know— Ringin', ringin',
Like de songs de birds is singin' Whilse aroun' dar nestes wingin', Dey is singin' sof an' low.
Mah soul is weepin', sighin',
Fur de times dat's come an' gone, When de niggahs wuz a viein' Wid one 'nuther 'mong de cawn, Pullin', haulin', Jes' er singin' an' er bawlin', Er 'raslin' an' er fallin' An' er wishin' fur de hawn.
I'm monst'ous ole an' needy, An' trim'lin' on mah pins, An' I am prayin', yes, indeedy, Fur forgiveness fur mah sins. Prayin', prayin',
Whilse de youngsters is er playin', An' axin' whilse I'm stayin' Fur de Lawd to let me in.

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