Rose, Fred.; Little, George; Frost, Peter S. I'll Be Your Regular Sweetie (But I Won't Be Your Once in a While). A. J. Stasny, New York, 1920, Wraps, , , Very Good
3 pp., one leaf. A short tear to foreedge, writing above pub. statement on fron of wraps, else very good. ''And if you think that you can't be true, I'd be just as independent as you.''
SPRING awakens the wilds of the west,
Gruff winter has ceased his roar,
For the green leaf hath burst the bud
Of our white-limb?d sycamore.
And fairest of wood flowers blow,
Where prowls the sly raccoon,
And the sumac hath trim?d its bough
In the glass of the clear lagoon.
There?s a sound in the upper air,
The rush of a thousand wings,
?Tis our brave summer bird he?s away
With his songs to the northland springs.
And hark!?tis the cheer of our bold pioneer,
He?s away in our venturesome van,
He is bluff, he is rough, but he?s made of the stuff
That?s widening the world for man.
Free and fearless he treads, thro? prairies and glades,
His face to the set of the sun,
The red man and brute may his passage dispute,
But his charter?s his axe and his gun.
Far, far from his home, where wild buffaloes roam,
See his crackling camp-fire shine,
While he halloos aloud to the forest and flood,
?This slice of the world it is mine!?
Let thirty long years, with their comforts and cares
Pass, as thousands have passed before,
Then as evening sets in, let us eye him again
As he sits by his cottage door.
There are deep furrows now, in that cheek and that brow,
Still he?s stalwart, stout, and hale,
By his side take a rest?he is proud of a guest
And list to a squatter?s tale.
?The first time I plodded this plain,
I was six feet and rising of twenty,
Being raised on the mountains of Maine
Ye may guess that the boy wasn?t dainty.
?My neighbours?then wild cat and bear,
Were brutish and sometimes uncivil,
But my sleeping companion old Tear
He fear?d neither bull, bear, or devil.
?On the ground floor old Tear and I fix?d,
We?d the ?might is right? title to take it,
The squirrels and coons had the next,
The turkeys they rented the attic.
?We had room in our lodge, ye?ll suppose,
It was airy tho? none of the cleanest;
The rafters were sturdy old boughs,
Well shingl?d with leaves of the greenest.
?Our summer arrangements got thro?,
I began for to think of December?s;
So some jolly old settlers I slew,
And penn?d in a patch with their members.
?We?d corn soon, and deer came in flocks,
I was carpenter, farmer, and hunter;
So when old Johnny Frost shook his locks,
We?d a cabin to keep out the winter.
?Soon movers came tumbling in,
And squatted without e?er a ?thank ye;?
Well, Tear and I thought it no sin,
To be swapping a bear for a Yankee.
?Ye?11 guess then the trunk and the limb
Of our forest Goliahs got shattered;
And daylight look?d bloody and grim,
As they blaz?d and their ashes we scatter?d.
?While cabin and corn crib arose,
Like tents of the mighty invader;
And craftsmen came following close,
With preacher, and doctor, and trader.
?Then clubbing the means and the mind,
Together all pulling and drawing;
A lively young creek we confin?d,
And set it to grinding and sawing.
?Frame fabrics then rose in a twink,
For stores and for matters domestic;
We?d one temple for talk and for drink,
Another for things ecclesiastic.
?Thus chopping and cropping ahead,
Continually scratching and scheming;
What a gash in the forest we?ve made!
While drones are a drowsing and dreaming.
?Our youngsters, too, rise in the ranks,
Ourselves we grow bigger and bigger;
I?ve got shares in your railroads and banks,
And a seat in the State Legislature,?