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84. the old Rifleman.

by Frank Ticknor, M. D.
Now bring me out my buckskin suit I
     My pouch and powder, too!
We'll see if seventy-six can shoot
     As sixteen used to do.

Old Bess! we've kept our barrels bright I
     Our trigger quick and true!
As far, if not as fine a sight,
     As, long ago, we drew!

And pick me out a trusty flint I
     A real white and blue;
Perhaps 'twill win the other tint,
     Before the hunt is through!

Give boys your brass percussion caps I!
     Old “shut-pan” suits as well I
There's something in the sparks; perhaps
     There's something in the smell!

We've seen the red-coat Briton bleed!
     The red-skin Indian, too!
We never thought to draw a bead
     On Yankee-doodle-doo!

But, Bessie! bless your dear old heart!
     Those days are mostly done;
And now we must revive the art
     Of shooting on the run!

If Doodle must be meddling, why,
     There's only this to do:
Select the black spot in his eye,
     And let the daylight through I

And if he doesn't like the way
     That Bess presents the view,
He'll may-be change his mind, and stay
     Where the good Doodles do!

Where Lincoln lives;--the man, you know,
     Who kissed the Testament,
To keep the Constitution?--No!
     To keep the Government!

[65] We'll hunt for Lincoln, Bess!--old tool--
     And take him half-and-half;
We'll aim to kit him, if a fool,
     And miss him, if a calf!

We'll teach these shot-gun boys the tricks Fe
     By which a war is won;
Especially how seventy-six
     Took Tories on the run.

--Richmond Dispatch, May 23.

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