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First Line: When lide married him -- w'y, she had to jes' dee-fy
Last Line: "bout ""trustin' love and heav'n above, sence lide married him!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.

WHEN Lide married him -- w'y, she had to jes' dee-fy
The whole popilation! -- 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 be'n 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
To'rds 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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