Ben King's Verse

Benjamin KING (1857 - 1894)

This is a volume of Benjamin King's collected verse, published shortly after his sudden death in 1894. The American humorist was very famous during his lifetime, and is still widely referenced and quoted until today. This volume was published in Chicago after his death, reportedly outselling any other volume of poetry in Michigan for 25 years after being published. It is also prefaced by two short biographies by John McGovern and Opie Read. - Summary by Carolin

Genre(s): Poetry

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction by John McGovern Larry Wilson
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Play 02 Biography by Opie Read Larry Wilson
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Play 03 If I Should Die GentleJim
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Play 04 Say When, and Say It Melanie T
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Play 05 Gittin' My Soul Inter Shape GentleJim
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Play 06 Evolution GentleJim
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Play 07 Gedder in Yo' Grain Phil Schempf
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Play 08 Jane Jones Ilia Tivin
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Play 09 Elopement Katherine Rivera
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Play 10 Her Folks an' Hiz'n GentleJim
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Play 11 The Yaller Jackets' Nest Scotty Smith
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Play 12 How Hank Died GentleJim
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Play 13 How Often Jason in Panama
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Play 14 Renton Harbor, Mich. GentleJim
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Play 15 Asphodel Jason in Panama
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Play 16 The Flowers' Ball Katherine Rivera
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Play 17 De Sun's Comin' Back Scotty Smith
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Play 18 The River St. Joe Larry Wilson
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Play 19 The Robin and the Chicken Jason in Panama
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Play 20 Baby Up at Battenberg's nighthawks
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Play 21 No Harm Done nighthawks
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Play 22 The Fates nighthawks
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Play 23 Paraphrase GentleJim
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Play 24 If I can be by Her GentleJim
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Play 25 Toboggan nighthawks
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Play 26 De Bugel on de Hill Scotty Smith
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Play 27 Old St. Joe nighthawks
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Play 28 The Tramp Larry Wilson
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Play 29 The Chautauquan Maid Melanie T
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Play 30 I'm a Bluejay Melanie T
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Play 31 'Rastus King Katherine Rivera
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Play 32 That Valentine Jason in Panama
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Play 33 De Good Ship Larry Wilson
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Play 34 A Casual Observation Phil Schempf
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Play 35 Like the New Friends Best GentleJim
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Play 36 A Negro Song of Home Larry Wilson
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Play 37 S'posin' Jason in Panama
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Play 38 Little 'Rasmus Scotty Smith
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Play 39 Nobody Knows GentleJim
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Play 40 She does not Hear Melanie T
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Play 41 Down the Mississippi Scotty Smith
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Play 42 The Mermaid Larry Wilson
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Play 43 De Blackbird Fetched de Spring Scotty Smith
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Play 44 Appearances Scotty Smith
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Play 45 The Girl with the Jersey Jason in Panama
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Play 46 If my Wife Taught School Scotty Smith
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Play 47 The Old Spinning Wheel Phil Schempf
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Play 48 The Owl and the Crow Alitheia
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Play 49 De Clouds am Gwin ter Pass GentleJim
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Play 50 A Summer's Afternoon Jason in Panama
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Play 51 I Fed the Fishes Melanie T
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Play 52 Ole Bossie Cow Larry Wilson
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Play 53 That Cat Alitheia
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Play 54 A Frog's Thanksgiving Jason in Panama
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Play 55 Lovey-Loves Jason in Panama
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Play 56 Hank Spink Melanie T
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Play 57 The Nile Jason in Panama
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Play 58 Like de Ole Mule Bes' Scotty Smith
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Play 59 De Ribber ob Life Scotty Smith
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Play 60 The Cat o' Nine Tails Scotty Smith
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Play 61 The Hair-Tonic Bottle Jason in Panama
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Play 62 De Circus Turkey antonygirgis
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Play 63 Sofie Jakobowski Scotty Smith
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Play 64 Sunrise Larry Wilson
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Play 65 The Woodticks GentleJim
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Play 66 Didn't we, Jim? GentleJim
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Play 67 The Post-Driver Jason in Panama
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Play 68 Lef' de Ole Hoss Out antonygirgis
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Play 69 Ec-A-Lec-Tic Fits antonygirgis
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Play 70 Keep Him a Baby Jason in Panama
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Play 71 Angeliny antonygirgis
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Play 72 De Eyarfquake Larry Wilson
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Play 73 The Pessimist Jason in Panama
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Play 74 But Then nighthawks
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Play 75 Presque Isle GentleJim
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Play 76 Beulah Land antonygirgis
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Play 77 The Blackbird and the Thrush Jason in Panama
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Play 78 De Spring-House antonygirgis
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Play 79 Under Obligations antonygirgis
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Play 80 Cleopatra and Charmian Jason in Panama
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Play 81 Pinkey antonygirgis
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Play 82 The Bung Town Canal antonygirgis
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Play 83 De Massa Scotty Smith
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Play 84 Coonie in de Holler antonygirgis
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Play 85 After Weidenfeller Goes antonygirgis
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Play 86 Zaccheus Larry Wilson
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Play 87 A Retrospection Larry Wilson
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Play 88 St. Patrick's Day GentleJim
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Play 89 Injun Summah antonygirgis
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Play 90 'Cause it's Gittin' Spring GentleJim
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Play 91 Decorate de Cabin antonygirgis
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Play 92 The Ultimatum Larry Wilson
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Play 93 Dreamy Days Jason in Panama
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Play 94 When the Stage Gits in Jude
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Play 95 The Cultured Girl Again antonygirgis
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Play 96 The Cushville Hop antonygirgis
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Play 97 Gord Only Knows GentleJim
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Play 98 Jes' Take my Advice GentleJim
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Play 99 Patriotism and a Pension GentleJim
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Play 100 The Old Musician's Fate GentleJim
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Play 101 A Record from 'way back Scotty Smith
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Play 102 Thanksgibbin in Ole Virginny Scotty Smith
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Play 103 Grave Matters Scotty Smith
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Play 104 Comin' Christmas Morn Larry Wilson
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Play 105 Sad Fate of Yim Yohnsen GentleJim
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Play 106 Legend of the St. Joseph Jason in Panama
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Play 107 Little Jude Larry Wilson
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Play 108 Little Pucken Singer Scotty Smith
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Play 109 Down in Walhallalah Jason in Panama
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