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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
Sprin’ Fevah
 
Ray G. Dandridge
 
 
DAR’S a lazy, sortah hazy
Feelin’ grips me, thoo an’ thoo;
An’ I feels lak doin’ less dan enythin’;
Dough de saw is sharp an’ greasy,
Dough de task et han’ is easy,        5
An’ de day am fair an’ breezy,
Dar’s a thief dat steals embition in de win’.
 
Kaint defy it, kaint deny it,
Kaze it jes won’t be denied;
Its a mos’ pursistin’ stubbern sortah thin’;        10
Anti Tox’ doan neutrolize it;
Doctahs fail to analyze it;
So I yiel’s (dough I despise it)
To dat res’less, wretchit fevah evah Sprin’.
 

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