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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Politics at the Log-Rolling
By John Alfred Macon (b. 1851)
 
I B’LEBES dat any nigger’s in a sorry sort o’ way
Dat swallows all de racket dat de politicians say;
For I’s been a grown-up cullud man some forty years or so,
An’ I’s heard ’em make de same old ’sertions heap o’ times befo’.
Dar’s lots o’ cussed foolishness an’ gassin’, anyway,        5
’Bout bustin’ up de Consterchusion eb’ry ’lection-day;
’Cause I gib it as de notion ob a plain an’ humble man,
Dat de Gub’ment an’ de country, too, is tough enough to stan’.
I nebber takes more polertics den one good man kin tote,
An’ I don’t need any ’visin’ when I go to drap my vote;        10
I talks wid all de canerdates, an’ tell ’em what I choose,
But I goes in on de side dat gibs de biggest bobbykews!
 
 
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