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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: II. For Children
Go Sleep, ma Honey
Edward D. Barker
 
WHIPP’WILL ’s singin’ to de moon,—
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.
He sing a pow’ful mo’nful tune,
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.
De day bird ’s sleepin’ on his nes’,        5
He know it time to take a res’,
An’ he gwine ter do his lebel bes’,—
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.
 
Old banjo ’s laid away,—
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.        10
Its pickin ’s froo for to-day,—
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.
De night time surely come to pass,
De cricket ’s chirpin’ in de grass,
An’ de ole mule ’s gone to sleep at las’,—        15
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.
 
I hear de night win’ in de corn,—
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.
Dey ’s a ghos’ out dah, sure ’s yo born,—
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.        20
But he dassent come where we keep a light,
An’ de candle ’s burnin’ all de night,
So sink to res’, des be all right,—
        Go sleep, ma honey, m—m.
 
 
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