K.T. Did

 
originally published in Vanity Fair, September 1861

From her borders, far away,
   Kansas blows a trumpet call,
Answered by the loud "hurrah"
   Of her troopers, one and all.
"Knife and pistol, sword and spur! –"
   Cries K. T.--
"Let my troopers all concur,
To the old flag, no demur--
   Follow me!"

Hence the song of jubilee.
Platyphillis from the tree,
      High among the branches hid,
Sings all night so merrily--
   "K. T. did,
   She did--she did!"

Thirty-score Jayhawkers bold,
      Kansas men of strong renown,
Rally round the banner old,
      Casting each his gauntlet down.
Good for Kansas," one and all
   Cry to her;
Riding to her trumpet call,
Blithe as to a festival,
   All concur!

Hence the revel and the glee,
As the chanter from the tree,
      High among the branches hid,
Sings all night so merrily--
   "K. T. did,
   She did--she did!"

Anonymous

- "K.T." is "Kansas Territory"

History of Kansas
Noble L. Prentis
(Winfield: E. P. Greer. 1899)


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