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First Line: Little georgie tompers, he
Last Line: Truths that shape our destinies.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Printing And Printers; Youth

LITTLE Georgie Tompers, he
Printed some fine cards for me;
But his press had "J" for James --
By no means the choice of names. --

Yet it's proper, none the less,
That his little printing-press
Should be taught that James for "J"
Always is the better way.

For, if left to its own whim,
Next time it might call me "Jim," --
Shocked at such a liberty.

Therefore, little presses all
Should be trained, while they are small,
To develop taste in these
Truths that shape our destinies.

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