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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

O’er de Crossin’

By Negro Hymns and Songs: Spirituals

BENDIN’ knees achin’, Body racked wid pain,

I wish I was a child of God, I’d get home bimeby.

Keep prayin’, I do believe

We’re a long time waggin’ o’er de crossin’;

Keep prayin’, I do believe

We’ll get home to heaven bimeby.

Yonder’s my old mudder, Been a waggin’ at de hill so long;

It’s about time she’ll cross over; Get home bimeby.

Keep prayin’, I do believe, etc.

Hear dat mournful thunder Roll from door to door,

Callin’ home God’s children; Get home bimeby.

Little chil’en, I do believe, etc.

See dat forked lightin’ Flash from tree to tree,

Callin’ home God’s chil’en; Get home bimeby.

True believe, I do believe, etc.