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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Francis Bret Harte. 1839–1902
 
202. "Jim"
 
SAY there! P'r'aps 
Some on you chaps 
  Might know Jim Wild? 
Well,—no offense: 
Thar ain't no sense         5
  In gittin' riled! 
  
Jim was my chum 
  Up on the Bar: 
That 's why I come 
  Down from up yar,  10
Lookin' for Jim. 
Thank ye, sir! You 
Ain't of that crew,— 
  Blest if you are! 
  
Money? Not much:  15
  That ain't my kind; 
I ain't no such. 
  Rum? I don't mind, 
Seein' it 's you. 
Well, this yer Jim,—  20
Did you know him? 
Jes' 'bout your size; 
Same kind of eyes;— 
Well, that is strange: 
  Why, it 's two year  25
  Since he came here, 
Sick, for a change. 
  
Well, here 's to us: 
  Eh? 
The h— you say!  30
  Dead? 
That little cuss? 
  
What makes you star' 
You over thar? 
Can't a man drop  35
's glass in yer shop 
But you must r'ar? 
  It wouldn't take 
  D—d much to break 
You and your bar.  40
  
  Dead! 
Poor—little—Jim! 
Why, thar was me, 
Jones, and Bob Lee, 
Harry and Ben,—  45
No-account men: 
Then to take him! 
  
Well, thar—Good-by— 
No more, sir—I— 
  Eh?  50
What 's that you say? 
Why, dern it!—sho— 
No? Yes! By Joe! 
  Sold! 
Sold! Why, you limb,  55
You ornery, 
  Derned old 
Long-legged Jim. 
 
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