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A Florida Night

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           A FLORIDA NIGHT

Win' a-blowin' gentle so de san' lay low,
  San' a little heavy f'om de rain,
All de pa'ms a-wavin' an' a-weavin' slow,
  Sighin' lak a sinnah-soul in pain.
Alligator grinnin' by de ol' lagoon,
  Mockin'-bird a-singin' to be big full moon.
'Skeeter go a-skimmin' to his fightin' chune
  (Lizy Ann's a-waitin' in de lane!).

Moccasin a-sleepin' in de cyprus swamp;
  Need n't wake de gent'man, not fu' me.
Mule, you need n't wake him w'en you switch an' stomp,
  Fightin' off a 'skeeter er a flea.
Florida is lovely, she's de fines' lan'
  Evah seed de sunlight f'om de Mastah's han',
'Ceptin' fu' de varmints an' huh fleas an' san'
  An' de nights w'en Lizy Ann ain' free.

Moon 's a-kinder shaddered on de melon patch;
  No one ain't a-watchin' ez I go.
Climbin' of de fence so 's not to click de latch
  Meks my gittin' in a little slow.
Watermelon smilin' as it say, "I' s free;"
  Alligator boomin', but I let him be,
Florida, oh, Florida 's de lan' fu' me—
  (Lizy Ann a-singin' sweet an' low).

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.