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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
 
Humorous Poems: II. Miscellaneous
A Plantation Ditty
Frank Lebby Stanton (1857–1927)
 
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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