October 15. Story of the Day: Animal Attire

This cute little rhyme is from Negro Folk Rhymes by Thomas Talley. This is one of those fun animal lists! I didn't find it in Roud, so now I'm curious if I can find other versions of this elsewhere, maybe even a fuller version.

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Dat Coon, he w'ar a undershirt;
Dat 'Possum w'ar a gown.
Br'er Rabbit, he w'ar a overcoat
Wid buttons up an' down.

Mistah Gobbler's got beads 'roun' 'is nec'.
Mistah Pattridge's got a collar, Hun!
Mistah Peacock, a fedder on his head!
But dese don't stop no gun.