In The Morning Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In The Morning

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'LIAS! 'Lias! Bless de Lawd!
Don' you know de day's erbroad?
Ef you don' git up, you scamp,
Dey'll be trouble in dis camp.
Tink I gwine to let you sleep
W'ile I meks yo' boa'd an' keep?
Dat's a putty howdy-do-
Don' you hyeah me, 'Lias -you?

Bet ef I come crost dis flo'
You won’ fin’ no time to sno'
Daylight all a-shinin’ in
W'ile you sleep -w'y hit's a sin!
Aint de can'le-light enough
To bu'n out widout a snuff,
But you go de mo'nin' thoo
Bu'nin' up de daylight too?

'Lias, don’ you hyeah me call?
No use tu'nin' to'ds de wall;
I kin hyeah dat mattuss squeak;
Don' you hyeah me w’en I speak?
Dis hyeah clock done struck off six-
Ca'line, bring me dem ah sticks!
Oh, you down, suh; huh, you down-
Look hyeah, don' you daih to frown.

Ma'ch yo'se'f an wash yo' face,
Don' you splattah all de place;
I got somep'n else to do,
'Sides jes' cleanin' aftah you.
Tek dat comb an' fix yo' haid!-
Looks jes’ lak a feddah baid.
Look hyeah, boy, I let you see
You sha' n't roll yo' eyes at me.

Come hyeah; bring me dat ah strap!
Boy, I'll whup you 'twell you drap;
You done felt yo’se’f too strong,
An' you sholy got me wrong.
Set down at dat table thaih;
Jes' you whimpah ef you daih!
Evah mo'nin' on dis place,
Seem lak I mus' lose my grace.

Fol' yo' han's an' bow yo' haid-
Wait ontwell de blessin' 's said;
'Lawd, have mussy on ouah souls-'
(Don' you daih to tech dem rolls-)
'Bless de food we gwine to eat-'
(You set still -I see yo' feet;
You jes' try dat trick agin!)
'Gin us peace an' joy. Amen!'

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Gloria Medley 09 May 2010

I WAS SOOOOO PLEASED TO FIND THIS POEM...MY MOTHER USED TO READ MR. DUNBAR'S POETRY TO US ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS COMING UP....LOVE THEM...LOVED THE WAY SHE READ THEM...MY YOUNGEST SISTER ASKED US TODAY IF WE KNEW THE POEMS THAT MOM USED TO READ...I TEXTED HER BACK AND RECITED THIS POEM....ALWAYS REMEMBERED IT...RECITED IT TO MYSELF ALL THE TIME...TOLD HER I WOULD LOOK THEM UP...OMG...SOO HAPPY

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Melanie Lawrence 25 May 2018

In 6th grade (2004) , our teacher had us do a project where we had to recite poems.My mom had a book of Langston Hughes poems and we chose this one! I remember being excited, raising my hand to go first, and getting a standing ovation from the class and having to do an encore. I performed it for my family at the next gathering and everyone loved it. Now I'm 25 and can still remember every word. I should perform it for the family again soon.

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Anthony A. 25 June 2018

The first poem taught by my mother. Yahweh keep us.

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Diana Daniels 22 February 2019

I have always had my students to learn this poem along with other Black poetry. A great poem

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Danielle 10 October 2019

I had a school play in 1973 at P.S. 156 in Harlem was in the 2nd grade and performed this poem.

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Kathy Carson 03 February 2022

yes! I remember this very well my said this to my friends and family I remember by heart my mom also shered this with grandkids and great grandkids we all loved this very well rest in peace mom??

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Girliegoo 07 November 2020

My mother learned this in elementary school and taught it to my sister and me. I tried to read it to my young son, but he couldn't relate to the language. Kind of disappointed me that he had so little connection with our heritage. But I was glad to see others comment that they were introduced to this poem by their parents! Love it! ! !

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LovelyDay1116 16 September 2020

I. S. Schomberg in Harlem early 70s. I've love this poem ever since. This and Langston Hughes the only poets/try I get.

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Chuck Dee 04 June 2020

Always reminds me of my dad. He could recite the whole thing, with feeling- learned it in school. What I took for granted, I'd give anything to hear again.

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Brenette 19 February 2020

my 6th Grade Class did this poem back in 1972! I love this poem! ! Two thumbs up! ! ! ! ! !

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