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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Paul Laurence Dunbar. 1872–1906
 
54. A Coquette Conquered
 
YES, my ha't's ez ha'd ez stone— 
Go 'way, Sam, an' lemme 'lone. 
No; I ain't gwine change my min'; 
Ain't gwine ma'y you—nuffin' de kin'. 
  
Phiny loves you true an' deah?         5
Go ma'y Phiny; whut I keer? 
Oh, you needn't mou'n an' cry— 
I don't keer how soon you die. 
  
Got a present! Whut you got? 
Somef'n fu' de pan er pot!  10
Huh! Yo' sass do sholy beat— 
Think I don't git 'nough to eat? 
  
Whut's dat un'neaf yo' coat? 
Looks des lak a little shoat. 
'Tain't no possum? Bless de Lamb!  15
Yes, it is, you rascal, Sam! 
  
Gin it to me; whut you say? 
Ain't you sma't now! Oh, go 'way! 
Possum do look mighty nice; 
But you ax too big a price.  20
  
Tell me, is you talkin' true, 
Dat's de gal's whut ma'ies you? 
Come back, Sam; now whah's you gwine? 
Co'se you knows dat possum's mine! 
 
 
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