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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1643. Hymn
 
By Paul Laurence Dunbar
 
 
O LI’L’ lamb out in de col’,
De Mastah call you to de fol’,
        O li’l’ lamb!
He hyeah you bleatin’ on de hill;
Come hyeah an’ keep yo’ mou’nin’ still,        5
        O li’l’ lamb!
 
De Mastah sen’ de Shepud fo’f;
He wandah souf, he wandah no’f,
      O li’l’ lamb!
He wandah eas’, he wandah wes’;        10
De win’ a-wrenchin’ at his breas’,
        O li’l’ lamb!
 
Oh, tell de Shepud whaih you hide;
He want you walkin’ by his side,
        O li’l’ lamb!        15
He know you weak, he know you so’;
But come, don’ stay away no mo’,
        O li’l’ lamb!
 
An’ af’ ah while de lamb he hyeah
De Shepud’s voice a-callin’ cleah—        20
        Sweet li’l’ lamb!
He answah f’om de brambles thick,
“O Shepud, I ’s a-comin’ quick”—
        O li’l’ lamb!
 

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