Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
* SONG TO THE RUNAWAY SLAVE
Go 'way from dat window, "My Honey, My
Love!" Go 'way from dat window! I say. De baby's in de bed, an' his mammy's lyin' by, But you cain't git yo' lodgin' here.
Go 'way from dat window, "My Honey, My
Love!" Go 'way from dat window! I say; Fer ole Mosser's got 'is gun, an' to Miss'ip' youse
been sol'; So you cain't git yo' lodgin' here.
Go 'way from dat window, "My Honey, My
Love!" Go 'way from dat window! I say.
* The story went among Negroes that a runaway slave husband returned every night, and knocked on the window of his wife's cabin to get food. Other slaves having be­trayed the secret that he was still in the vicinity, he was sold in the woods to a slave trader at reduced price. This trader was to come next day with bloodhounds to hunt him down. On the night after the sale, when the runaway slave husband knocked, the slave wife pinched their baby to make it cry. Then she sang the above song (as if singing to the baby), so that he might, if pos­sible, effect his escape.
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