When Lide Married Him

WHEN LIDE MARRIED HIM — w'y, she had to jes dee-fy
The whole poppilation! — But she never bat' an eye!
Her parents begged, and threatened — she must give him up — that he
Wuz jes "a common drunkard!" — And he wuz, appearantly. —
Swore they'd chase him off the place
Ef he ever showed his face —
Long after she'd eloped with him and married him fer shore! —
When Lide married him, it wuz "Katy, bar the door!"

When Lide married him — Well! she had to go and be
A hired girl in town somewheres — while he tromped round to see
What he could git that he could do, — you might say, jes sawed wood
From door to door! — that's what he done — 'cause that wuz best he could!
And the strangest thing, I jing!
Wuz, he didn't drink a thing,
But jes got down to bizness, like he someway wanted to,
When Lide married him, like they warned her not to do!

When Lide married him — er, ruther, had ben married
A little up'ards of a year — some feller come and carried
That hired girl away with him — a ruther stylish feller
In a bran-new green spring-wagon, with the wheels striped red and yeller:
And he whispered, as they driv
Tords the country, "Now we'll live!" —
And somepin' else she laughed to hear, though both her eyes wuz dim,
'Bout "trustin' Love and Heav'n above, sence Lide married him!"

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