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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
The Old Ship of Zion
By John Alfred Macon (b. 1851)
 
  OH! eb’rything’s ready,—
  De wind is steady,
An’ de folks keep a-crowdin’ to de gospel ship;
  ’Tis de best time to ride
  On de Jordan tide—        5
Dar’s no use o’ waitin’ for the ’scursion trip!
 
  Dey’s a-loosenin’ de line,
  An’ soon she’ll be gwine,
For yonder come de deck-hands to push her off de bank;
  She’s a-puffin’! she’s a-puffin’!        10
  An’ she nebber waits for nuffin’—
Better git abode, sinners, ’fo’ dey pull in de plank!
 
 
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