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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES              197
Trying on dis earth to stay,
All day on de Lawd's day^. He 'rastled till dem stars arose,
All day on de Lawd's day. An' when he got dar dem gates was close',
Dat day on de Lawd's day.
Dat muskit kicked me th'oo de fence, En' I ain' got my bref good sense; Say, daddy, woan' you tell yo' son Whar in de worl' you got dat gun ?
I got it in de waugh, you dunce, Ez Ise tole you mo' dan once. How many times mus' dat be said To git hit th'oo yo' kinky head ?
Laws, daddy! 'clar I didn' know Dat you wuz in de waugh befo', I wisht you'd tell me all about How you got in an' den got out.
I wuzn't in de waugh befo'; I went wid my young marster, Joe. En when Marse Joe wuz in de line In co'se I allers rid behin'.