A Death Song
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Lay me down beneaf de willers in
Whah de branch'll go a-singin' as
An' w'en I's a-layin' low,
I kin hyeah it as it go Singin',
"Sleep, my honey, tek yo'
res' at las'."
Lay me nigh to whah hit meks
a little pool,
An' de watah stan's so quiet lak an'
Whah de little birds
Ust to come an' drink an' sing,
An' de chillen waded on dey way to
Let me settle w'en my shouldahs
draps dey load
Nigh enough to hyeah de noises
in de road;
Fu' I t'ink de las' long res'
Gwine to soothe my sperrit bes'
Ef I's layin' 'mong de t'ings I's allus