Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1835–1860
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
Sambo’s Right to be Kilt
By Charles Graham Halpine (1829–1868)
[Life and Adventures, Songs, etc., of Private Miles O’Reilly. 1864.]

SOME tell us ’tis 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 shouldn’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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