Poetry of Kansas

Take Up The Printers Burden.

Take up the printer's burden
    It is an awful load,
And gathers weight the farther
    He travels down the road;
Bills payable in plenty,
    Subscribers in arrears–
The troubles that beset him
    Would drive a bust to tears.
Take up the printer's burden-
    A form knocked into pi,
The editor arrested
    For publishing a lie;
A typo full of joint juice,
    The foreman far away,
Upon some big excursion-
    The devil is to pay.
Take up the printer's burden–
    At last the paper's out :–
John Smith's wife had a baby,
    Two rowdies had a bout ;
Brown's children had the measles,
    Miss Flippy's dog is dead,
Miss Tattle had a quilting–
    And not a word was said.
Take up the printer's burden-
    He puffs the old dead town;
He calls the women beauties,
    And lies just like a clown;
He lauds the city fathers,
    And prints their pedigrees;
They pay him back by cutting
    His publication fees.
Take up the printer's burden-
    Give him a little rest;
With all his imperfections
    He doubtless does his best;
About his knavish neighbors
    He tells not half that's true.
Believing that the devil
    Will sometime get his due. __J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
Page 55

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