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Speak Softly




From: WISE SAYING SECTION

"Wus dat you spoke,
Or a fence rail broke?"
Br'er Rabbit say to de Jay
[50]W'en you don't speak sof',
Y[=o]' baits comes off;
An' de fish jes swim away.

[50] The last three lines of the rhyme was a superstition current among
antebellum Negroes.





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