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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
 
’Späcially Jim
By Bessie Morgan
 
I WUS mighty good-lookin’ when I wus young,
  Peert an’ black-eyed an’ slim,
With fellers a-courtin’ me Sunday nights,
  ’Späcially Jim.
 
The likeliest one of ’em all wus he,        5
  Chipper an’ han’som’ an’ trim;
But I tossed up my head an’ made fun o’ the crowd,
  ’Späcially Jim.
 
I said I hadn’t no ’pinion o’ men,
  An’ I wouldn’t take stock in him!        10
But they kep’ on a-comin’ in spite o’ my talk,
  ’Späcially Jim.
 
I got so tired o’ havin’ ’em roun’
  (’Späcially Jim!)
I made up my mind I’d settle down        15
  An’ take up with him.
 
So we wus married one Sunday in church,
  ’Twas crowded full to the brim;
’Twas the only way to git rid of ’em all,
  ’Späcially Jim.

  The Century Magazine. 1884.
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