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PLANTATION WEDDING, by            
First Line: Down on the old plantation
Last Line: "in dem two gals!"
Subject(s): Marriage; Plantation Life; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

Down on the old plantation
It happened that one, Ned,
Long a noted Cavalier,
Decided he would wed.

"Would ole Marster bring de license
On Sadd'y when he came?"
Request was made with deference,
He was "lookin' mighty' shame."

Much excitement thrilled the quarter;
The day dawned clear and bright,
With greatest expectations:
Ned's and Betsy's wedding night.

Ole Marster brought the license.
With a troubled look he said:
"I couldn't quite remember
The one you wished to wed:

"Was it Sal -- or was it Betsy?
If I didn't get it right,
I will bring another license --
You can wed next Sadd'y night."

But only for a moment
Did it seem to worry Ned;
Just the slightest hesitation
As he scratched his wooly head.

"Jes giv' it ter me, Marster --
Sez it's written dar ez Sal's?
Dar ain't a dollar's wuf uv diffrunce
In dem two gals!"

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