Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Lyrics Of Sunshine and Shadow (1901)

Lyrics Of Sunshine and Shadow

First published by The Century Company

Copyright 1901

Blue

Stannin' at de winder,
Feelin' kind o' glum,
Listened to de raindrops
Play de kettledrum.
Lookin' crost de medders,
Swimmin' lak a sea;
Lawd 'a' mussy on us
What's de good o' me?

Cain't go out a-hoein',
Wouldn't ef I could;
Groun' too wet fu' huntin',
Fishin' ain' no good.
Too much noise fu' sleepin',
No one hyeah to chat;
Des mus' stan an' listen
To dat pit-a-pat.

Hills is gittin' misty,
Valley's gittin' dahk;
Watch-dog's 'mence a-howlin',
Rathah have 'em ba'k,
Dan a-moanin' solemn,
Somewhaih out o' sight;
Rain-crow des a-chucklin',
Dis is his delight.

Mandy, bring my banjo,
Bring de chillen in,
Come in f'om de kitchen,
I feel sick ez sin,
Call in Uncle Isaac,
Call Aunt Hannah, too,
Tain't no use in talkin',
Chile, I's sholy blue!

This poem appears in the following book(s):

Li'L' Gal, Lyrics Of Sunshine and Shadow

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