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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
 
O’er de Crossin’
Negro Hymns and Songs: Spirituals
 
BENDIN’ knees achin’, Body racked wid pain,
I wish I was a child of God, I’d get home bimeby.
        Keep prayin’, I do believe
      We’re a long time waggin’ o’er de crossin’;
        Keep prayin’, I do believe        5
      We’ll get home to heaven bimeby.
 
Yonder’s my old mudder, Been a waggin’ at de hill so long;
It’s about time she’ll cross over; Get home bimeby.
        Keep prayin’, I do believe, etc.
 
Hear dat mournful thunder Roll from door to door,        10
Callin’ home God’s children; Get home bimeby.
        Little chil’en, I do believe, etc.
 
See dat forked lightin’ Flash from tree to tree,
Callin’ home God’s chil’en; Get home bimeby.
        True believe, I do believe, etc.        15
 
 
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