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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
A STRANGE FAMILY
Once dere's an ole 'oman dat lived
in de Wes'. She had two gals of de very bes'. One wus older dan de t'other, T'other's older dan her mother, An' dey're all deir own gran'mother. Can you guess?
I had a liddle dog, his name wus Ring, I tied him up to his nose wid a string. I pulled dat string, an' his eyes tu'n blue. "Good-by, Ring! I'se done wid you."
Deedle, deedle, dumplin'! My boy, Pete! He went to bed wid his dirty feet. Mammy laid a switch down on dat sheet! Deedle, deedle, dumplin'! My boy, Pete!