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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,

’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;

I talks wid all de canerdates, an’ tell ’em what I choose,

But I goes in on de side dat gibs de biggest bobbykews!