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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Lay dis Body Down

By Negro Hymns and Songs: Spirituals

I KNOW moon-rise, I know star-rise,

Lay dis body down;

I walk in de moonlight, I walk in de starlight,

To lay dis body down.

I walk in de graveyard, I walk troo de graveyard,

To lay dis body down.

I’ll lie in de grass and stretch out my arms:

Lay dis body down.

I go to de judgment in de evenin’ of de day,

When I lay dis body down;

And my soul and your soul will meet in de day

When I lay dis body down.