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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
 
Old Folks at Home
By Stephen Collins Foster (1826–1864)
 
[Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., 1826. Died in New York, N. Y., 1864. As Written and Set to Music by the Author. 1851.]

WAY down upon de Swanee ribber,
  Far, far away,
Dere’s wha my heart is turning ebber,
  Dere’s wha de old folks stay.
All up and down de whole creation        5
  Sadly I roam,
Still longing for de old plantation,
  And for de old folks at home.
 
    All de world am sad and dreary,
      Ebery where I roam;        10
    Oh! darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
      Far from de old folks at home.
 
All round de little farm I wandered
  When I was young,
Den many happy days I squandered,        15
  Many de songs I sung.
When I was playing wid my brudder
  Happy was I;
Oh, take me to my kind old mudder!
  Dere let me live and die.        20
 
One little hut among de bushes,
  One dat I love,
Still sadly to my memory rushes,
  No matter where I rove.
When will I see de bees a-humming        25
  All around de comb?
When will I hear de banjo tumming,
  Down in my good old home?
 
    All de world am sad and dreary,
      Ebery where I roam,        30
    Oh! darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
      Far from de old folks at home.
 
 
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