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INDEX OF FIRST LINES                                          
                                                          
                                               
A bee that was searching for sweets one day                       19
A blue-bell springs upon the ledge                                26
A cloud fell down from the heavens                               288
A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in                          8
A hush is over all the teeming lists                               6
A knock is at her door, but she is weak                           73
A life was mine full of the close concern                        103
A lilt and a swing                                               226
A little bird with plumage brown                                  78
A little dreaming by the way                                     114
A lover whom duty called over the wave                            29
A maiden wept and, as a comforter                                 11
A man of low degree was sore oppressed                           111
A song for the unsung heroes who rose in the country's need      196
A song is but a little thing                                       4
A youth went farming up and down                                  55
Across the hills and down the narrow ways                        120
Adown the west a golden glow                                     263
Ah, Douglass, we have fall'n on evil days                        208
Ah, I have changed, I do not know                                270
Ah, love, my love is like a cry in the night                     222
Ah me, it is cold and chill                                      186
Ah, Nora, my Nora, the light fades away                           62
Ah, yes, 't is sweet still to remember                            31
Ah, yes, the chapter ends to-day                                 101
Ain't it nice to have a mammy                                    239
Ain't nobody tol' you not a wo'd a-tall                          181
Air a-gittin' cool an' coolah                                     77
All de night long twell de moon goes down                        253
All hot and grimy from the road                                  224
Along by the river of ruin                                       265
An angel robed in spotless white                                  65
An old man planted and dug and tended                             60
An old, worn harp that had been played                            17
As a quiet little seedling                                        12
As in some dim baronial hall restrained                           94
As lone I sat one summer's day                                   122
As some rapt gazer on the lowly earth                            106
Ashes to ashes, dust unto dust                                   103
At the golden gate of song                                       179
Aye, lay him in his grave, the old dead year!                    105

Back to the breast of thy mother                                 113
Because I had loved so deeply                                    256
Because you love me I have much achieved                         238
Bedtime's come fu' little boys                                   144
Belated wanderer of the ways of spring                           179
Beyond the years the answer lies                                  41
Bird of my lady's bower                                           19
Bones a-gittin' achy                                             153
Break me my bounds, and let me fly                               285
Breezes blowin' middlin' brisk                                    78
Bring me the livery of no other man                               92
By Mystic's banks I held my dream                                204
By rugged ways and thro' the night                               215
By the pool that I see in my dreams, dear love                   198
By the stream I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass    50

Caught Susanner whistlin'; well                                  149
Come away to dreamin' town                                       254
Come, drink a stirrup cup with me                                125
Come, essay a sprightly measure                                   97
Come on walkin' wid me, Lucy; 't ain't no time to mope erroun'   164
Come to the pane, draw the curtain apart                         120
Come when the nights are bright with stars                        61
Cool is the wind, for the summer is waning                       163
Cover him over with daisies white                                258

Daih's a moughty soothin' feelin'                                187
Darling, my darling, my heart is on the wing                     202
Days git wa'm an' wa'mah                                         239
De axes has been ringin' in de woods de blessid day              143
De breeze is blowin' 'cross de bay                               145
De 'cession's stahted on de gospel way                           194
De da'kest hour, dey allus say                                   165
De dog go howlin' 'long de road                                  247
De night creep down erlong de lan'                               166
De ol' time's gone, de new time's hyeah                          192
De sun hit shine an' de win' hit blow                            256
De times is mighty stirrin' 'mong de people up ouah way          158
De trees is bendin' in de sto'm                                  193
De way t'ings come, hit seems to me                              225
De win' is blowin' wahmah                                        236
De win' is hollahin' "Daih you" to de shuttahs an' de fiah       174
Dear critic, who my lightness so deplores                        189
Dear heart, good-night!                                           23
Dear Miss Lucy: I been t'inkin' dat I'd write you long fo' dis   151
Deep in my heart that aches with the repression                   25
Dey been speakin' at de cou't-house                              205
Dey had a gread big pahty down to Tom's de othah night            83
Dey is snow upon the meddahs                                     168
Dey is times in life when Nature                                  57
Dey was oncet a awful quoil 'twixt de skillet an' de pot         268
Dey was talkin' in de cabin, dey was talkin' in de hall          182
Dey's a so't o' threatenin' feelin' in de blowin' of de breeze   171
Dinah stan' befo' de glass                                       206
Dis is gospel weathah sho'--                                     26
Do' a-stan'in' on a jar, fiah a-shinin' thoo                     196
Dolly sits a-quilting by her mother, stitch by stitch            240
Done are the toils and the wearisome marches                      22
Dream days of fond delight and hours                             287
Dream on, for dreams are sweet                                   100
Driftwood gathered here and there                                277
Duck come switchin' 'cross de lot                                275

Ef dey's anyt'ing dat riles me                                   141
Ef you's only got de powah fe' to blow a little whistle          250
Eight of 'em hyeah all tol' an' yet                              243
Emblem of blasted hope and lost desire                           115
Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes                      3

Folks ain't got no right to censuah othah folks about dey habits   5
Folks is talkin' 'bout de money, 'bout de silvah an' de gold     135
Four hundred years ago a tangled waste                            47
Fu' de peace o' my eachin' heels, set down                       222

God has his plans, and what if we                                 81
"Good-bye," I said to my conscience                               31
Goo'-by, Jinks, I got to hump                                     64
Good hunting!--aye, good hunting                                 237
Good-night, my love, for I have dreamed of thee                   93
Granny's gone a-visitin'                                         242
Grass commence a-comin'                                          176
Gray are the pages of record                                     205
Gray is the palace where she dwells                              180
G'way an' quit dat noise, Miss Lucy                               82

Hain't you see my Mandy Lou                                      173
He had his dream, and all through life                            61
He loved her, and through many years                             129
He sang of life serenely sweet                                   191
He scribbles some in prose and verse                              49
Heart of my heart, the day is chill                              207
Heart of the Southland, heed me pleading now                     216
Heel and toe, heel and toe                                       170
Hello, ole man, you're a-gittin' gray                             80
Hit's been drizzlin' an' been sprinklin'                         180
Home agin, an' home to stay                                      259
How shall I woo thee to win thee, mine own?                      289
How sweet the music sounded                                      284
How's a man to write a sonnet, can you tell                      114
Hurt was the nation with a mighty wound                          184
Hyeah come Caesar Higgins                                         145
Hyeah dat singin' in de medders                                  208

"I am but clay," the sinner plead                                114
I am no priest of crooks nor creeds                               38
I am the mother of sorrows                                        89
I be'n down in ole Kentucky                                       42
I been t'inkin' 'bout de preachah; whut he said de othah night   212
I did not know that life could be so sweet                       252
I done got 'uligion, honey, an' I's happy ez a king              146
I don't believe in 'ristercrats                                  140
I grew a rose once more to please mine eyes                       13
I grew a rose within a garden fair                                12
I had not known before                                           240
I has hyeahd o' people dancin' an' I's hyeahd o' people singin'  156
I have no fancy for that ancient cant                             94
I have seen full many a sight                                    188
I held my heart so far from harm                                 255
I found you and I lost you                                       251
I know a man                                                     235
I know my love is true                                            58
I know what the caged bird feels, alas!                          102
I never shall furgit that night when father hitched up Dobbin     42
I sit upon the old sea wall                                      115
I stand above the city's rush and din                            275
I stood by the shore at the death of day                          69
I think that though the clouds be dark                            53
I was not; now I am--a few days hence                             17
If Death should claim me for her own to-day                      210
If life were but a dream, my Love                                 75
If the muse were mine to tempt it                                 50
If thro' the sea of night which here surrounds me                256
If 'twere fair to suppose                                        258
If you could sit with me beside the sea to-day                    21
In a small and lonely cabin out of noisy traffic's way           124
In de dead of night I sometimes                                  260
In Life's Red Sea with faith I plant my feet                     110
In the east the morning comes                                    199
In the heavy earth the miner                                     107
In the forenoon's restful quiet                                   95
In the silence of my heart                                       110
In this sombre garden close                                      209
In the tents of Akbar                                            223
In this old garden, fair, I walk to-day                          111
I's a-gittin' weary of de way dat people do                      244
I's boun' to see my gal to-night                                 142
I's feelin' kin' o' lonesome in my little room to-night          202
It is as if a silver chord                                       216
It may be misery not to sing at all                              225
It was Chrismus Eve, I mind hit fu' a mighty gloomy day          137
It's all a farce,--these tales they tell                          56
It's hot to-day. The bees is buzzin'                             279
It's moughty tiahsome layin' 'roun'                              195
I've a humble little motto                                        46
I've always been a faithful man                                  267
I've been list'nin' to them lawyers                               22
I've been watchin' of 'em, parson                                 39
I've journeyed 'roun' consid'able, a-seein' men an' things       147

Jes' lak toddy wahms you thoo'                                   148
Just whistle a bit, if the day be dark                            98

Key and bar, key and bar                                         201
Kiss me, Miami, thou most constant one!                          277
Know you, winds that blow your course                             40

Lay me down beneaf de willers in de grass                        142
Lead gently, Lord, and slow                                       98
Let me close the eyes of my soul                                 261
Let those who will stride on their barren roads                  214
'Lias! 'Lias! Bless de Lawd!                                     190
Like sea-washed sand upon the shore                              202
Like the blush upon the rose                                     282
Little brown baby wif spa'klin' eyes                             134
Little brown face full of smiles                                 267
Little lady at de do'                                            177
Long had I grieved at what I deemed abuse                        106
Long since, in sore distress, I heard one pray                   123
Long time ago, we too set out                                    119
Long years ago, within a distant clime                           104
Love hath the wings of the butterfly                             117
Love is the light of the world, my dear                          231
Love me. I care not what the circling years                       89
Love used to carry a bow, you know                               258
Lucy done gone back on me                                        136

Mammy's in de kitchen, an' de do' is shet                        241
Mastah drink his ol' Made'a                                      213
Men may sing of their Havanas, elevating to the stars            129
Mother's gone a-visitin' to spend a month er two                  79
My cot was down by a cypress grove                                 8
My heart to thy heart                                             13
My lady love lives far away                                      288
My muvver's ist the nicest one                                   247
My neighbor lives on the hill                                    192
My soul, lost in the music's mist                                 76

Night, dim night, and it rains, my love, it rains                227
Night is for sorrow and dawn is for joy                           90
Not o'er thy dust let there be spent                              18
No matter what you call it                                       287
Not they who soar, but they who plod                              18
Not to the midnight of the gloomy past                           214

O li'l' lamb out in de col'                                      133
O Lord, the hard-won miles                                        11
O Mother Race! to thee I bring                                    15
October is the treasurer of the year                              63
Oh, de clouds is mighty heavy                                    169
Oh, de grubbin'-hoe's a-rustin' in de co'nah                      67
Oh, de weathah it is balmy an' de breeze is sighin' low          207
Oh, dere's lots o' keer an' trouble                               20
Oh for the breath of the briny deep                               92
Oh, I am hurt to death, my Love                                   72
Oh, I des received a letter f'om de sweetest little gal          266
Oh, I haven't got long to live, for we all                        48
Oh, summer has clothed the earth                                  91
Oh the breeze is blowin' balmy                                   262
Oh, the day has set me dreaming                                  107
Oh, the little bird is rocking in the cradle of the wind         245
Oh, the poets may sing of their Lady Irenes                       26
Oh to have you in May                                            166
Oh, what shall I do? I am wholly upset                           131
Oh, who is the Lord of the land of life                          268
Oh, who would be sad tho' the sky be a-graying                   236
Oh, wind of the spring-time, oh, free wind of May                221
On a summer's day as I sat by a stream                           248
On the wide veranda white                                         59
Once Love grew bold and arrogant of air                          102
One night in my room, still and beamless                         109
Our good knight, Ted, girds his broadsword on                    108
Out in de night a sad bird moans                                 194
Out in the sky the great dark clouds are massing                  64
Out of my heart, one day, I wrote a song                         117
Out of my heart, one treach'rous winter's day                    102
Out of the sunshine and out of the heat                          167
Outside the rain upon the street                                 253
Over the hills and the valleys of dreaming                        90

Phyllis, ah, Phyllis, my life is a gray day                       74
Place this bunch of mignonette                                    66
Poor withered rose, she gave it me                               286
Pray, what can dreams avail                                      104
Pray why are you so bare, so bare                                219
Prometheus stole from Heaven the sacred fire                     117

Ring out, ye bells!                                              278
Round the wide earth, from the red field your valour has won     112

Say a mass for my soul's repose, my brother                      211
Search thou my heart                                             116
See dis pictyah in my han'                                       144
Seems lak folks is mighty curus                                  139
Seen my lady home las' night                                      49
Seen you down at chu'ch las' night                                60
Shadder in de valley                                             226
She gave a rose                                                  103
She sang, and I listened the whole song thro'                    121
She told the story, and the whole world wept                     119
She told her beads with downcast eyes                            106
She wrapped her soul in a lace of lies                           240
Silence, and whirling worlds afar                                263
Silently without my window                                        54
Since I left the city's heat                                     263
Slow de night's a-fallin'                                        186
Slow moves the pageant of a climbing race                        211
So we, who 'we supped the selfsame cup                            40
Some folks t'inks hit's right an' p'opah                         201
Standin' at de winder                                            253
Step me now a bridal measure                                     248
Step wid de banjo an' glide wid de fiddle                        269
Storm and strife and stress                                      227
Summah night an' sighin' breeze                                  132
Summah's nice, wif sun a-shinin'                                 132
Summer is de lovin' time                                         262
Sunshine on de medders                                           168
Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming                               237
Swing yo' lady roun' an' roun'                                   200

Tek a cool night, good an' cleah                                 150
Tell your love where the roses blow                              238
Temples he built, and palaces of air                             100
The air is dark, the sky is gray                                  65
The change has come, and Helen sleeps                             58
The cloud looked in at the window                                 72
The draft of love was cool and sweet                             252
The gray dawn on the mountain top                                248
The gray of the sea, and the gray of the sky                      93
The lake's dark breast                                             8
The lark is silent in his nest                                    61
The little bird sits in the nest and sings                        67
The Midnight wooed the Morning-Star                               99
The mist has left the greening plain                             252
The moon begins her stately ride                                 276
The moon has left the sky, love                                   46
The night is dewy as a maiden's mouth                             64
The November sun invites me                                      282
The poor man went to the rich man's doors                        106
The rain streams down like harpstrings from the sky              270
The river sleeps beneath the sky                                   9
The sand-man he's a jolly old fellow                             235
The sky of brightest gray seems dark                              59
The smell of the sea in my nostrils                               91
The snow lies deep upon the ground                               105
The sun has slipped his tether                                   100
The sun hath shed its kindly light                               281
The sun is low                                                   285
The trees bend down along the stream                             249
The wind is out in its rage to-night                             244
The wind told the little leaves to hurry                         258
The word is writ that he who runs may read                       209
The world is a snob, and the man who wins                        118
The young queen Nature, ever sweet and fair                       52
Ther' ain't no use in all this strife                             49
There are no beaten paths to Glory's height                       21
There is a heaven, for ever, day by day                          106
There's a fabulous story                                         246
There's a memory keeps a-runnin'                                  10
These are the days of elfs and fays                              251
They please me not--these solemn songs                           125
This is the debt I pay                                           213
This is to-day, a golden summer's day                            223
This poem must be done to-day                                    122
Thou arrant robber, Death!                                       284
"Thou art a fool," said my head to my heart                        5
Thou art my lute, by thee I sing                                 109
Thou art the soul of a summer's day                              271
Though the winds be dank                                          71
Thy tones are silver melted into sound                           116
Tim Murphy's gon' walkin' wid Maggie O'Neill                     261
'Tis an old deserted homestead                                   283
'Tis better to set here beside the sea                           186
'Tis fine to play                                                235
To me, like hauntings of a vagrant breath                         97
Treat me nice, Miss Mandy Jane                                   167
'Twas the apple that in Eden                                     251
'Twas three an' thirty year ago                                   27
'Twixt a smile and a tear                                        241
Two little boots all rough an' wo'                               163

Uncle John, he makes me tired                                     73
Underneath the autumn sky                                        256

Villain shows his indiscretion                                    42

Want to trade me, do you, mistah? Oh, well, now, I reckon not    189
We is gathahed hyeah, my brothahs                                 13
We wear the mask that grins and lies                              71
W'en daih's chillun in de house                                  199
W'en de clouds is hangin' heavy in de sky                        176
W'en de colo'ed ban' comes ma'chin' down de street               178
W'en de evenin' shadders                                         185
W'en de snow's a-fallin'                                         188
W'en I git up in de mo'nin' an' de clouds is big an' black       172
W'en us fellers stomp around, makin' lots o' noise               264
W'en you full o' worry                                           250
What are the things that make life bright?                       238
What dreams we have and how they fly                             166
What if the wind do howl without                                  75
What says the wind to the waving trees?                           68
What's the use o' folks a-frownin'                               249
When all is done, and my last word is said                       113
When August days are hot an' dry                                 130
When de fiddle gits to singin' out a ol' Vahginny reel           138
When first of wise old Johnson taught                            129
When I come in f'm de co'n-fiel' aftah wo'kin' ha'd all day      155
When I was young I longed for Love                                98
When labor is light and the morning is fair                       70
When Phyllis sighs and from her eyes                             175
When storms arise                                                 66
When summer time has come, and all                               280
When the bees are humming in the honeysuckle vine                215
When the corn's all cut and the bright stalks shine               16
When to sweet music my lady is dancing                           175
When winter covering all the ground                              275
When you and I were young, the days                               24
Who dat knockin' at de do'?                                      184
Who say my hea't ain't true to you?                              133
Whose little lady is you, chile                                  198
Whut dat you whisperin' keepin' f'om me?                         136
Whut time 'd dat clock strike?                                   254
Whut you say, dah? huh, uh! chile                                153
Why fades a dream?                                                77
Why was it that the thunder voice of Fate                        221
Will I have some mo' dat pie?                                    203
Win' a-blowin' gentle so de san' lay low                         191
Wintah, summah, snow er shine                                    178
Wintah time hit comin'                                           241
With sombre mien, the evening gray                               123
With what thou gavest me, O Master                               276
Within a London garret high                                       96
Woman's sho' a cur'ous critter, an' dey ain't no doubtin' dat    170

Yes, my ha't 's ez ha'd ez stone                                  62
Yesterday I held your hand                                       257
You ask why I am sad to-day                                      220
You bid me hold my peace                                         286
You kin talk about yer anthems                                    53
You'll be wonderin' whut's de reason                             131
Your presence like a benison to me                               266
Your spoken words are roses fine and sweet                       270


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