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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
860. Sambo’s Right to Be Kilt
By Charles Graham Halpine
SOME tell us ’t is a burnin’ shame
  To make the naygers fight;
An’ that the thrade of bein’ kilt
  Belongs but to the white:
But as for me, upon my sowl!        5
  So liberal are we here,
I ’ll let Sambo be murthered instead of myself,
  On every day in the year.
    On every day in the year, boys,
      And in every hour of the day;        10
    The right to be kilt I ’ll divide wid him,
      An’ divil a word I ’ll say.
In battle’s wild commotion
  I should n’t at all object
If Sambo’s body should stop a ball        15
  That was comin’ for me direct;
And the prod of a Southern bagnet,
  So ginerous are we here,
I ’ll resign, and let Sambo take it
  On every day in the year.        20
    On every day in the year, boys,
      And wid none o’ your nasty pride,
    All my right in a Southern bagnet prod
      Wid Sambo I ’ll divide!
The men who object to Sambo        25
  Should take his place and fight;
And it ’s betther to have a nayger’s hue
  Than a liver that ’s wake an’ white.
Though Sambo ’s black as the ace of spades,
  His finger a thrigger can pull,        30
And his eye runs sthraight on the barrel-sights
  From undher its thatch of wool.
    So hear me all, boys darlin’,
      Don’t think I ’m tippin’ you chaff,
    The right to be kilt we ’ll divide wid him,        35
      And give him the largest half!


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