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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
 
Lay dis Body Down
Negro Hymns and Songs: Spirituals
 
I KNOW moon-rise, I know star-rise,
  Lay dis body down;
I walk in de moonlight, I walk in de starlight,
  To lay dis body down.
I walk in de graveyard, I walk troo de graveyard,        5
  To lay dis body down.
I’ll lie in de grass and stretch out my arms:
  Lay dis body down.
I go to de judgment in de evenin’ of de day,
  When I lay dis body down;        10
And my soul and your soul will meet in de day
  When I lay dis body down.
 
 
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