Broadax Chips from Woodland Township (Classic Reprint)
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Big Baraboo Ben, Or the Church in Plum Hollow.
Don't know him, I s'pose; have a chew of fine cut?
Well, that is old Deacon Melchizedek Butt;
He's goin' to church; are you minded to foller?
My rheumatic legs feel tolerable limber.
So jest come along, I'll show you the timber
We have to make angels of here 'n Plum Holler.
No, I ain't a pessimist, always a harpin'
On one little string, and carpin' and carpin'.
I know you will find in the poorest of sod
Some trees that are fit for the garden of God;
But, speakin' in gener'l, we're plain common folk.
Jest hick'ry and walnut and chestnut and oak
With a sprinkle of crookeder, cusseder stuff
That you aptly describe by the adjective tough.
We hain't got no rosewood nor 'hogany nuther, -
Sich trees grow in cities somehow or other.
We've plenty of maples, sap limpid and clear,
They keep the pot bilin' in terrible style
For two or three weeks, then out goes the spile,
And sugar is skurce the rest of the year.
Too sporty is maples, with jasper and ruby
A-flashin' and sayin', "We re better'n you be."
They flaunt their religion of yaller and red
Till the brethren, a-rampin' and tossin' the head,
Like great bulls of Bashan, hard after a feller.
Around the old meetin' house, holler and beller.
We have stumps that git tougher the harder you hit 'em,
Pine knots that are posin' as Heavenly beacons
And our scrub-oak and iron-wood elders and deacons
Take wedges of thunder-an'-lightnin' to split 'em.
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