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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1287. A Plantation Ditty
 
By Frank Lebby Stanton
 
 
DE gray owl sing fum de chimbly top:
  “Who—who—is—you-oo?”
En I say: “Good Lawd, hit’s des po ’me,
En I ain’t quite ready fer de Jasper Sea;
I ’m po’ en sinful, en you ’lowed I ’d be;        5
  Oh, wait, good Lawd, ’twell ter-morror!”
 
De gray owl sing fum de cypress tree:
  “Who—who—is—you-oo?”
En I say: “Good Lawd, ef you look you ’ll see
Hit ain’t nobody but des po’ me,        10
En I like ter stay ’twell my time is free;
  Oh, wait, good Lawd, ’twell ter-morror!”
 

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