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Ginger's Wedding.
The music, with pianoforte accompaniment, published by Jaques &. Brother, New York
Oh, pleasant de song dat I sing,
And well I. remember de day. When de little church bells dey did ring, And de darkies were done making hay; When de birds were at rest, And lay snug in their nest, And de clouds dey look'd pleasant and clear ;
Sweet Rosa was happy indeed, When to church she and Ginger did steer.
Chorus. When de birds were at rest, &c.
Dey were going to be married dat day, And de darkies were all to be dere; (In de little log church by de way,) Wid de colored gals looking so fair. Den lock'd arm in arm, For fear of some harm, Discoupte went skipping along,
And Rosa felt happy dat day, As she sang dat sweet nightingale song.
Chorus. Den lock'd arm in arm, &c.
Shall I eber forget it indeed,
How happy de darkies did look, When de parson he den did proceed, By perusing de highmonial book. Den he asked lubly Rosa If wedded she'd be, And take Ginger for better or wuss;
Wid a tear and a sigh she said, " Yes ;'* Den Ginger gib Rosa a buss!
Chorus. Den he asked, Sec.