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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
HAWK AND CHICKENS PLAY
* (Chicken's Call) "Chickamee," chickamee, cranie-crow."
I went to de well to wash my toe. Wen I come back, my chicken wus
gone. W'at time, ole Witch ?
(Hawk Sponse) "One"
(Hawk Call) "I wants a chick."
(Chicken's Sponse) "Well, you cain't git mine."
(Hawk Call) "I shall have a chick!"
(Chicken's Sponse) ^You shan't have a chick!"
CAUGHT BY THE WITCH PLAY
(Human Call) "Molly, Molly, Molly-bright!" (Witch Sponse) "Three sco' an' ten!" (Human Call) "Can we git dar 'fore candle-light?" (Witch Sponse) "Yes, if yo' legs is long an' light." (Conscience's Warning Call) "You'd better watch out, Or de witches'll git yer!"
* For explanation of "call," and "sponse," see Study in Negro Folk Rhymes.
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