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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
Mis’ Smith
By Albert Bigelow Paine (1861–1937)
 
ALL day she hurried to get through,
The same as lots of wimmin do;
Sometimes at night her husban’ said,
“Ma, ain’t you goin’ to come to bed?”
And then she’d kinder give a hitch,        5
And pause half way between a stitch,
And sorter sigh, and say that she
      Was ready as she’d ever be,
            She reckoned.
 
And so the years went one by one,        10
An’ somehow she was never done;
An’ when the angel said, as how
“Mis’ Smith, it’s time you rested now,”
She sorter raised her eyes to look
A second, as a stitch she took;        15
“All right, I’m comin’ now,” says she,
“I’m ready as I’ll ever be,
      I reckon.”
 
 
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