I have jest about decided
It ‘id keep a town-boy hopping’
Fer to work all winter, choppin’
Fer a’ old fireplace, like I did!
Lawz! them old times wuz contrairy!–
Blame’ backbone o’ winter, ‘peared-like,
Wouldn’t break– and I wuz skeerd-like,
Clean on into Feb’uary!
Nothin’ ever made me madder
Than fer Pap to stomp in, layin’
on a’ extra forestick, sayin’
“Groun’-hog’s out and seed his shadder!”
From Riley Farm-Rhymes with Country Pictures, James Whitcomb Riley. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis. 1901.