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Little brown baby wif spa’klin’ eyes, Come to yo’ pappy an’ set on his knee. What you been doin’, suh — makin’ san’ pies? Look at dat bib — you’s es du’ty ez me. Look … Continue reading "Little Brown Baby"

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Seen my lady home las’ night, Jump back, honey, jump back. Hel’ huh han’ an’ sque’z it tight, Jump back, honey, jump back. Hyeahd huh sigh a little sigh, Seen a light gleam f’om huh … Continue reading "A Negro Love Song"

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The moon has left the sky, love, The stars are hiding now, And frowning on the world, love, Night bares her sable brow. The snow is on the ground, love, And cold and keen the … Continue reading "Night of Love"

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I am the mother of sorrows,    I am the ender of grief; I am the bud and the blossom,    I am the late-falling leaf. I am thy priest and thy poet,    I am thy serf … Continue reading "The Paradox"

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W’en daih’s chillun in de house, Dey keep on a-gittin’ tall; But de folks don’ seem to see Dat dey’s growin’ up at all, ‘Twell dey fin’ out some fine day Dat de gals has … Continue reading "The Old Front Gate"

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Out in the sky the great dark clouds are massing; I look far out into the pregnant night, Where I can hear a solemn booming gun And catch the gleaming of a random light, That … Continue reading "Ships that Pass in the Night"

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Air a-gittin’ cool an’ coolah,    Frost a-comin’ in de night, Hicka’ nuts an’ wa’nuts fallin’,    Possum keepin’ out o’ sight. Tu’key struttin’ in de ba’nya’d,    Nary step so proud ez his; Keep on struttin’, Mistah … Continue reading "Signs of the Times"

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Wintah, summah, snow er shine, Hit’s all de same to me, Ef only I kin call you mine, An’ keep you by my knee. Ha’dship, frolic, grief er caih, Content by night an’ day, Ef … Continue reading "Song (Wintah, summah, snow er shine)"

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I know what the caged bird feels, alas!     When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of … Continue reading "Sympathy"

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Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,—      My being is attuned to thee. Thou settest all my words a-wing,      And meltest me to melody. Thou art my life, by thee I live, … Continue reading "Thou Art My Lute"

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Dey is times in life when Nature Seems to slip a cog an’ go, Jes’ a-rattlin’ down creation, Lak an ocean’s overflow; When de worl’ jes’ stahts a-spinnin’ Lak a picaninny’s top, An’ yo’ cup … Continue reading "When de Co’n Pone’s Hot"

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We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. … Continue reading "We Wear the Mask"

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