Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
HE IS MY HORSE
One day as I wus a-ridin' by,
Said dey: "Ole man, yo' hoss will die"
"If he dies, he is my loss;
An' if he lives, he is my hoss."
Nex' day w'en I come a-ridin' by,
Dey said: "Ole man, yo' hoss may die."
"If he dies, I'll tan 'is skin;
An' if he lives, I'll ride 'im ag'in."
Den ag'in w'en I come a-ridin' by, Said dey: "Ole man, yo' hoss mought die."
"If he dies, I'll eat his co'n;
An' if he lives, I'll ride 'im on."
* JUDGE BUZZARD
Dere sets Jedge Buzzard on de Bench. Go tu'n him off wid a monkey wrench! Jedge Buzzard try Br'er Rabbit's case; An' he say Br'er Tarepin win dat race. Here sets Jedge Buzzard on de Bench. Knock him off wid dat monkey wrench! See Study in Negro Rhymes for explanation.
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