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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
A Little Cabin
 
Charles Bertram Johnson
 
 
DES a little cabin
Big ernuff fur two.
Des awaitin’, honey,
Cozy fixt fur you;
Down dah by de road,        5
Not ve’y far from town,
Waitin’ fur de missis,
When she’s ready to come down.
 
Des a little cabin,
An’ er acre o’ group’,        10
Vines agrowin’ on it,
Fruit trees all aroun’,
Hollyhawks a-bloomin’
In de gyahden plot—
Honey, would you like to        15
Own dat little spot?
 
Make dat little cabin
Cheery, clean an’ bright,
With an’ angel in it
Like a ray of light?        20
Make dat little palace
Somethin’ fine an’ gran’,
Make it like an Eden,
Fur a lonely man?
 
Des you listen, Honey,        25
While I ’splain it all,
How some lady’s go’nter
Boss dat little hall;
Des you take my han’
Dat’s de way it’s writ,        30
Des you take my heart,
Dat’s de deed to it.
 

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