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Humour and Dialect

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Hymn

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: 198

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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,
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’;
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!
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—

Sweet li’l’ lamb!
He answah f’om de brambles thick,
“O Shepud, I’s a–comin’ quick”—
O li’l’ lamb!