'Twell de Night Is Pas'

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'Twell de Night Is Pas'  (1913) 
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

            TWELL DE NIGHT IS PAS

All de night long twell de moon goes down,
  Lovin' I set at huh feet,
Den fu' de long jou'ney back f'om de town,
  Ha'd, but de dreams mek it sweet.

All de night long twell de break of de day,
  Dreamin' agin in my sleep,
Mandy comes drivin' my sorrers away,
  Axin' me, "Wha' fu' you weep?"

All de day long twell de sun goes down,
  Smilin', I ben' to my hoe,
Fu' dough de weddah git nasty an' frown,
  One place I know I kin go.

All my life long twell de night has pas'
  Let de wo'k come ez it will,
So dat I fin' you, my honey, at las',
  Somewhaih des ovah de hill.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.