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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
The chivalry of the Old South rather demanded that all friends should be invited to partake of the meal, if they chanced to come calling about the time of the meal hour. This ideal also pervaded the lowly slave Negro's cabin. In order that this hospitality might not be abused, the Negroes had a little deterrent story which they told their children. Below are the fancied Blessings asked by the fictitious Negro family, in the story, whose hospitality had been abused.
BLESSING WITH COMPANY PRESENT
Oh Lawd now bless an' bin' us, An' put ole Satan 'hin' us. Oh let yo' Sperit min' us. Don't let none hongry fin' us.
BLESSING WITHOUT COMPANY
Oh Lawd have mussy now upon us, An' keep 'way some our neighbors from us. For w'en dey all comes down upon us, Dey eats mos' all our victuals from us.