Songs of Jamaica (1912)
IF you promise to lub me alway,
I will foreber be true,
An’ you don’t mek me sorry I de day
Dat I give myself to you.
How I ‘member de night when we meet,
An’ chat fe de first time of lub!
I go home, an’ den neber could eat
None o’ de plateful o’ grub.
An’ de day it was empty to me,
Wakin’, but dreamin’ of you,
While de school it was dull as could be,
An’ me hate me wuk fe do.
An’ you’ wud come to pass 4 very soon,
For scarcely a mont’ did gone
When de light of de star an’ de moon
Shine bright as we kiss all alone.
I can neber remember de times
Ma scolded her little Nell;
All day her tongue wuks like de chimes
Dat come from de old school-bell.
I have given up school-life fe you:
Sweetheart, my all is your own ;
Den say you will ever be true,
An’ live fe you’ Nellie alone.
- Make me regret ↵
- How well I remember the night we met ↵
- I hated the doing of my work ↵
- Told ↵
- A natural depression in the ground, in the vicinity of the author's home, bears this name ↵
- Used to (talk and) say ↵
- You would be sure to catch me as I walked ↵
- In the ↵
- Shone ↵
- I cannot count the number of scoldings I have had from mamma ↵
- Whole self ↵