- 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.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 144
Dunbar, P. (1913). Winter's Approach. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 21, 2021, from
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De sun hit shine an’ de win’ hit blow,
Ol’ Brer Rabbit be a–layin’ low,
He know dat de wintah time a–comin’,
De huntah man he walk an’ wait,
He walk right by Brer Rabbit’s gate—
De dog he lick his sliverin’ chop,
An’ he tongue ‘gin’ his mouf go flop, flop—
He rub his nose fu’ to clah his scent
So’s to tell w’ich way dat cottontail went,
De huntah’s wife she set an’ spin
A good wahm coat fu’ to wrop him in
She look at de skillet an’ she smile, oh my!
An’ ol’ Brer Rabbit got to sholy fly.