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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Little Cow-girl
By N. Howard Thorp
From “Cowboy Songs”

DADDY come from Brownsville,
  En Maw from San Antone;
We come here in a wagon
  That ud rock en squeak en groan.
We brought our stock er horses,        5
  The boys come on afore,
En Dad was playin’ all the way
  Old Turkey in the Straw!
There’s me en Sister Annie,
  En Tom, en Si, en Budd—        10
We all was raised with cattle,
  So I guess it’s in our blood.
En I shore love the dances—
  Folks say I take after Maw—
When Dad takes down his fiddle        15
  En plays Turkey in the Straw!
We ain’t jest much on stylish,
  But we got a good home ranch;
En the little old horse-pasture
  Runs clear down to the branch.        20
En we’re all plumb contented
  Since Dad put hinges on the door,
En with his old brown fiddle
  Plays Turkey in the Straw!
I got er pair er shop-made boots        25
  That Dad had made fer me,
Er pair er silver-mounted spurs
  Es pretty es can be.
We ride ter all the dances,
  En when I get on the floor        30
I’m sure to hear Dad playin’
  Old Turkey in the Straw!
I’ve got a young cow-puncher roped,
  I’ve got ’im on my string;
En everything is lovely—        35
  We’ll be married in the spring;
Es we ain’t much on religion
  We’ll be married by the law,
En I kin hear Dad playin’
  Old Turkey in the Straw!        40

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