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Do hear dat banjo th'ummin'—
Ef I wuz young ergin I lay I'd be ermong um En furgittin' 'bout all sin. Th'ummin', th'ummin', Jis' hear dat banjo hummin'— Say, niggahs, I'se a' comin'; Ole age ca' keep me in.
I'm gittin' sorry fur you, Lawd,
Indeed an' trufe, I am; De niggah wants so monst'ous much,
Cep' Gilead an' de ba'm. Dey prays fur ev'rything dey needs,
Dat work would bring 'em all, An' wants de fruit of all de 'arth,
Jis' like befo' de fall.
I heard one niggah prayin', Lawd,
His very level bes', Fur Christmas time de whole year 'roun'
An' all de time a res'; He axed to have de chicken roos'
Down on de lowes' limb, An' turkeys jes' on top de fence,
In easy reach er him.