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Lyrics of Love and Laughter

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

W'en I Gits Home

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 226

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It’s moughty tiahsome layin’ ‘roun’
Dis sorrer–laden earfly groun’,
An’ oftentimes I thinks, thinks I,
‘T would be a sweet t’ing des to die,

An’ go ‘long home.
Home whaih de frien’s I loved ‘ll say,
“We’ve waited fu’ you many a day,
Come hyeah an’ res’ yo’se’f, an’ know
You’s done wid sorrer an’ wid woe,

Now you’s at home.”
W’en I gits home some blessid day,
I ‘lows to th’ow my caihs erway,
An’ up an’ down de shinin’ street,
Go singin’ sof’ an’ low an’ sweet,

W’en I gits home.
I wish de day was neah at han’,
I’s tiahed of dis grievin’ lan’,
I’s tiahed of de lonely yeahs,
I want to des dry up my teahs,

An’ go ‘long home.
Oh, Mastah, won’t you sen’ de call?
My frien’s is daih, my hope, my all.
I ’s waitin’ whaih de road is rough,
I want to hyeah you say, “Enough,

Ol’ man, come home!”