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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
T. A. Daly. 1871–
 
52. Between Two Loves
 
I GOTTA lov' for Angela, 
    I lov' Carlotta, too. 
I no can marry both o' dem, 
    So w'at I gona do? 
  
O! Angela ees pretta girl,         5
She gotta hair so black, so curl, 
An' teeth so white as anytheeng. 
An' O! she gotta voice to seeng, 
Dat mak' your hearta feel eet must 
Jump up an' dance or eet weell bust.  10
An' alla time she seeng, her eyes 
Dey smila like Italia's skies, 
An' makin' flirtin' looks at you— 
But dat ees all w'at she can do. 
  
Carlotta ees no gotta song,  15
But she ees twice so big an' strong 
As Angela, an' she no look 
So beautiful—but she can cook. 
You oughta see her carry wood! 
I tal you w'at, eet do you good.  20
When she ees be som'body's wife 
She worka hard, you bat my life! 
She never gattin' tired, too— 
But dat ees all w'at she can do. 
  
O! my! I weesh dat Angela  25
    Was strong for carry wood, 
Or else Carlotta gotta song 
    An' looka pretta good. 
I gotta lov' for Angela, 
    I lov' Carlotta, too.  30
I no can marry both o' dem, 
    So w'at I gona do? 
 
 
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