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First Line: Cause herbert graham's a' only child
Last Line: "wuz I there, ma? Wuz I there, ma?"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Childhood; Relatives

'CAUSE Herbert Graham's a' only child --
"Wuz I there, Ma?"
His parunts uz got him purt' nigh spiled --
"Wuz I there, Ma?"
Allus ever'where his Ma tells
Where she's bin, at little Herbert yells,
"Wuz I there, Ma?"
An' when she telled us wunst when she
Wuz ist 'bout big as him an' me,
W'y, little Herbert he says, says-ee,
"Wuz I there, Ma?"
Foolishest young-un you ever saw. --
"Wuz I there, Ma? Wuz I there, Ma?"

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