Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
A LITTLE PICKANINNY
Me an' its mammy is both gwine to town,
To git dis Pickaninny a liddle hat an' gown.
Don't you never let him waller on de flo'!
He's a liddle Pickaninny,
Born in ole Virginy.
Mammy! Don't de baby grow ?
Setch a eatin' o' de honey an' a drinkin' o' de wine!
We's gwine down togedder fer to have a good time;
An' we's gwineter eat, an' drink mo' an' mo'.
Oh, swTeet liddle * Pickaninny,
Born in ole Virginy.
Mammy! How de baby grow!
t DON'T SING BEFORE BREAKFAST
Don't sing out 'fore Breakfast, Don't sing 'fore you eat, Or you'll cry out 'fore midnight, You'll cry 'fore you sleep.
* Pickanniny appears to have been an African word used by the early American slaves for the word baby, t A superstition.
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