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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,

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!

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

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.