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NE'GRO DIALECT VERSES             219
I'm on my road to Heaven, sho',
An' ain't got time to talk; Ef you is gwine 'long wid me
You's got to walk de chalk; Ole Petah's standiri' at de gate
An' hit am wide ajar, But jes' a lettah f'um de church
Won't take y6u in thoo dar.
He gwineter ax you, mighty close,
All 'bout yo' daily walk, An' ef you holp de neighbor po'
Wid sorripen else but talk; He gwine to sarch you, thoo an' thoo,
An' sho' as you1 is bawh, Ef you ain't right, ybu'll wish that Gabe
Had nevah bldwed his hawn.
You'll see ole Mary shihin' dar,
An' Paul an' Silas, too, An' Moses an' de other dries.
De ship er Ziori's crew; An' nary one will have a creed
Ascep' de chas'enin' rod, An' all will sing a " hallalu'"
Aroun' de thrbne ef God.