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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Bright Sparkles in de Churchyard
Negro Hymns and Songs: Spirituals
 
(Medley.)

MAY de Lord—He will be glad of me—
  In de heaven He’ll rejoice.
  In de heaven, once,
  In de heaven, twice,
In de heaven He’ll rejoice.        5
 
Bright sparkles in de churchyard
  Give light unto de tomb;
Bright summer, spring’s over,
  Sweet flowers in der bloom.
    My mother, once,        10
    My mother, twice,
  My mother she’ll rejoice.
    In de heaven once, etc.
 
Mother, rock me in de cradle all de day;—
    All de day, etc.        15
Oh, mother don’t yer love yer darlin’ child?
Oh, rock me in de cradle all de day.
    Rock me, etc.
You may lay me down to sleep, my mother dear,
Oh, rock me in de cradle all de day.        20
 
 
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