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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

Stars Begin to Fall

By Negro Hymns and Songs: Spirituals

I TINK I hear my brudder say,

Call de nation great and small;

I lookee on de God’s right hand

When de stars begin to fall.

Oh, what a mournin’, sister,—

Oh, what a mournin’, brudder,—

Oh, what a mournin’,

When de stars begin to fall!