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First Line: When uncle sidney he comes
Last Line: "come up an' git some bread!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Family Life; Gardens & Gardening; Insects; Relatives; Bugs

WHEN Uncle Sidney he comes here --
An' Fred an' me an' Min, --
My Ma she says she bet you yet
The roof'll tumble in!
Fer Uncle he ist romps with us:
An' wunst, out in our shed,
He telled us 'bout the Doodle-Bugs,
An' what they'll do, he said,
Ef you'll ist holler "Doodle-Bugs!" --
Out by our garden-bed --
"Doodle-Bugs! Doodle-Bugs!
Come up an' git some bread!"

Ain't Uncle Sidney funny man? --
"He's childish 'most as me" --
My Ma sometimes she tells him that --
"He ac's so foolishly!"
W'y, wunst, out in our garden-path,
Wite by the pie-plant bed,
He all sprawled out there in the dirt
An' ist scrooched down his head,
An' "Doodle! Doodle! Doodle-Bugs!"
My Uncle Sidney said, --
"Doodle-Bugs! Doodle-Bugs!
Come up an' git some bread!"

An' nen he showed us little holes
All bored there in the ground,
An' little weenty heaps o' dust
'At's piled there all around:
An' Uncle said, when he's like us,
Er purt' nigh big as Fred,
That wuz the Doodle-Bugs's Charm --
To call 'em up, he said: --
"Doodle! Doodle! Doodle-Bugs!"
An' they'd poke out their head --
"Doodle-Bugs! Doodle-Bugs!
Come up an' git some bread!"

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