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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
If I Should Die To-Night
By Ben King (1857–1894)
 
    IF I should die to-night,
And you should come to my cold corpse and say,
Weeping and heartsick o’er my lifeless clay—
    If I should die to-night,
And you should come in deepest grief and wo—        5
And say, “Here’s that ten dollars that I owe,”
    I might arise in my large white cravat,
    And say, “What’s that?”
 
    If I should die to-night,
And you should come to my cold corpse and kneel,        10
Clasping my bier to show the grief you feel,
    I say, if I should die to-night,
And you should come to me, and there and then
Just even hint ’bout payin’ me that ten,
    I might arise the while,        15
    But I’d drop dead again.
 
 
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