Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
I now beg to offer a system of classification in rhyming which will include all Negro Rhymes. I shall insert the ordinary names in parenthesis along with the new names wherever the system coin­cides with the ordinary system for white men's Rhymes. The only reason for not using the old names exclusively in these places is that nomencla­ture should be kept consistent in any proposed clas­sification, so far as that is possible.
In classifying the rhyming of the lines or verses I have borrowed terms from the gem world, partly because the Negro hails from Africa, a land of gems; and partly because the verses bear what­ever beauty there might have been in his crude crystalized thoughts in the dark days of his enslave­ment.
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