Lit2Go

Lyrics of Love and Laughter

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A Frolic

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: 178

Downloads


Swing yo’ lady roun’ an’ roun’,
Do de bes’ you know;
Mek yo’ bow an’ p’omenade
Up an’ down de flo’;
Mek dat banjo hump huhse’f.
Listen at huh talk:
Mastah gone to town to–night;
‘T ain’t no time to walk.

Lif yo’ feet an’ flutter thoo,
Run, Miss Lucy, run;
Reckon you ‘ll be cotched an’ kissed
‘Fo’ de night is done.
You don’t need to be so proud—
I’s a–watchin’ you,
An’ I’s layin’ lots o’ plans
Fu’ to git you, too.

Moonlight on de cotton–fiel’
Shinin’ sof an’ white,
Whippo’will a–tellin’ tales
Out thaih in de night;
An’ yo’ cabin ’s ‘crost de lot:
Run, Miss Lucy, run;
Reckon you ‘ll be cotched an’ kissed
To’ de night is done.