The Book of American Negro Poetry: Chosen and Edited, with an Essay on the Negro's Creative Genius

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

A NEGRO LOVE SONG1

Seen my lady home las’ night,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hel’ huh han’ an’ sque’z it tight,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hyeahd huh sigh a little sigh,
Seen a light gleam f’om huh eye,
An’ a smile go flittin’ by—
    Jump back, honey, jump back.

Hyeahd de win’ blow thoo de pine,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
Mockin’-bird was singin’ fine,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
An’ my hea’t was beatin’ so,
When I reached my lady’s do’,
Dat I could n’t ba’ to go—
    Jump back, honey, jump back.

Put my ahm aroun’ huh wais’,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
Raised huh lips an’ took a tase,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.

1 Copyright by Dodd, Mead & Company.

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface vii
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar 3
  • James Edwin Campbell 17
  • James D. Corrothers 27
  • Daniel Webster Davis 39
  • William H. a. Moore 43
  • W. E. Burghardt Du Bois 49
  • George Marion McClellan 55
  • William Stanley Braithwaite 59
  • George Reginald Margetson 69
  • James Weldon Johnson 73
  • John Wesley Holloway 93
  • Leslie Pinckney Hill 101
  • Edward Smyth Jones 107
  • Ray G. Dandridge 109
  • Fenton Johnson 117
  • R. Nathaniel Dett 125
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson 127
  • Claude McKay 133
  • Joseph S. Cotter, Jr 151
  • Roscoe C. Jamison 159
  • Jessie Fauset 161
  • Anne Spencer 167
  • Alex Rogers 175
  • Waverley Turner Carmichael 181
  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson 183
  • Charles Bertram Johnson 185
  • Otto Leland Bohanan 189
  • Theodore Henry Shackelford 191
  • Lucian B. Watkins 193
  • Benjamin Brawley 197
  • Joshua Henry Jones, Jr 201
  • Appendix 203
  • Appendix 205
  • Biographical Index of Authors 209
  • Index of Titles 215
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