Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
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
In the Tunnel
By Bret Harte (1836–1902)
DIDN’T know Flynn,—
Flynn of Virginia,
Long as he’s been ’yar?
Look ’ee here, stranger,
Whar hev you been?        5
Here in this tunnel
  He was my pardner,
That same Tom Flynn,—
  Working together,
  In wind and weather,        10
Day out and in.
Didn’t know Flynn!
  Well, that is queer;
Why, it’s a sin
To think of Tom Flynn,—        15
Tom with his cheer,
Tom without fear,—
Stranger, look ’yar!
Thar in the drift,
  Back to the wall,        20
He held the timbers
  Ready to fall;
  Then in the darkness
I heard him call:
  “Run for your life, Jake!        25
  Run for your wife’s sake!
  Don’t wait for me.”
And that was all
  Heard in the din,
  Heard of Tom Flynn,—        30
    Flynn of Virginia.
That’s all about
  Flynn of Virginia.
That lets me out.
  Here in the damp,—        35
Out of the sun,—
  That ’ar derned lamp
Makes my eyes run.
Well, there,—I’m done!
But, sir, when you’ll        40
Hear the next fool
  Asking of Flynn,—
Flynn of Virginia,—
  Just you chip in,
  Say you knew Flynn;        45
Say that you’ve been ’yar.

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