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Short poem

J. S. Martinez (fl. 1914-1926)

Circumstances Alter Cases

              1W'en dere's heap o' trouble 'round you,
              2An' de worl' seem glum an' drear,
              3An' yo's mighty push fo' money,
              4An' can't get none anyw'ere
              5Den yo' feel like life's a burden;
              6An' yo' say a word o' prayer --
              7"Oh! mi Lawd tek dis here body
              8From dis misery an' care!"

              9But w'en yo' pocket's full wid money,
            10Quite anuff an' change to spare,
            11An' dere's plenty friends aroun' yo'
            12For to suck yo' dry an' bare,
            13Den yo' feel like life's wort' livin',
            14An' yo' kin' o' want to say --
            15"Lawd! do mek me live for ever!
            16In dis worl' please let me stay!"

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: J. S. Martinez, Caribbean Jingles. Dialect and Other Poems of British Honduras (Published by the Author, 388 Albert Street West, Belize, British Honduras [no date]): 1. RCS. D3078.3 Cambridge University Library [copy donated to the Royal Colonial Institute in London, March 1926].
First publication date: 1926
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/10

Rhyme: abcbebfb abcbdefe

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