Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ben King’s Verse


Recently Acquired:
Ben King’s Verse
Edited by Nixon Waterman
Introduction by John McGovern
Biography by Opie Read

Forbes & Company
Boston & Chicago (1902)

Copyright, 1894, 1898
by Aseneth Bell King

Eighth printing, November 1902,
completing twentieth thousand

276 pages
$1.50


If I Should Die

If I should die to-night
     And you should come to my cold corpse and say,
     Weeping and heartsick o’er my lifeless clay—
     If I should die to-night,
And you should come in deepest grief and woe—
And say: “Here’s that ten dollars that I owe,”
     I might arise in my large white cravat
     And say, “What’s that?”

     If I should die to-night
And you should come to my cold corpse and kneel,
Clasping my bier to show the grief you feel,
     I say, if I should die to-night
And you should come to me, and there and then
Just even hint ’bout payin’ me that ten,
     I might arise the while,
     But I’d drop dead again.


Updates:
This entry added to And I Quote.

Changed information on Main Page and in Flippantly Answered Questions, my “friendly site guide & FAQ,” to reflect the completion of Songs and Letters.

In the Forum: Al: Señor P.H. Misfeldt / De: Joaquin Jaramillo / Rio grande Septembre 1951.

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