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220              NEGRO DIALECT VERSES
SOME SINGIN'.
Dey talked so mighty monst'ous much
About de white folks' singin' Up in de big high-steeple chu'ch
Hit sot my y'ears a-ringin'. So up I goes an' tuck a seat
Jis' whar de sexton p'inted, As 'umble dar, at Jesus' feet,
As any onann'inted.
De ban' struck up, an' I declar'
Hit nearly froze my livah, An' almos' raised my kinky ha'r
An' made my marrer shivah. An' when de singin' started in,
Away up in de gal'ry, Hit sounded like a cotton-gin
A-screekin' fur a sal'ry.
Dar warn't no soun' like " hallalu!"
An' "Jerdan's stormy rivah," " Char-i-o' swingin' low fur you,"
As evah I could 'skivah. Hit warn't de good, ole shoutin' songs
We has at cullud preachin', Whar glory an' de love-feas' b'longs,
Soul-sarchin' an' heart-reachin'.






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