At midnight Rufus Eastus Ilown steals outwithout excuse;
With eagle eye he hover5 nigh where the deacon's roosters roost.
Butwhat a shock!A leghorn cock steps into the moonlight bright,
Andunless ufS eyes canhypnotize;therell be a chicken fight.
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Now lufus,just like other boyp,'ometimej gets tired of school,
And out he stays and romps and plays,whichis against the rule.
But next day the old master looks at him with horrid Glance,
Takes uphis rule before the school and calmly warms his pants.
Young Rufus likes the watermelon growing on the vine;
He eats itwith awaterin$ mouth down to the hard green rind
And its plain as a bookwith just one look thaithough by right or theft
He got that piece of luscious fruit,there aiit going' to be none left.
Now often Sporty Rufus Brown upon the links is seen,
He mashes with the mashie and he foozles on the green,
But when Isee him wrestling with a bunch of clubs and bag
Think he'd make a better figure playing common"ta.'
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Hi; Ma left him to watch the tIby when she went to ride;
Jhe also left a piece of melon for him to divide,
But when his Ma qot out of sight and no one waJ about
Heiobbled all the melon and let lbabyj tongue hans out.
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From all the little Darktown elles younn Fufu picked hij queen,
And every day when school is done together they are ee-n
They dance and Jing and whistle and his true love kicks the hat,
No other boy in Darktown has a "lady friend" like that.
And when the moon is sinking just before the early dawn,
With hungry pals he makes a raid on Deacon Jone s corn,
It make$ a tasty breakfast and they think it quite a prank,
But if the deacon catches 'em the three he'll surelyspank.
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0! Wow! Wow!! Wow!!!.It's mighty late and they're afraid of Spooks,
For Darktown ghosts are peeking at them from the orchard nooks,
They hear them chasing through the trees with awful groan and shout.
The naughty spookS will get 'em if-- they-- don't-- watch-- out!
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He-likes to plague the little geese, does RufuSRaStuS Brown;
He chaSeS them from morn'till night and trieS to run them down.
But when you see him running with a.countenance So grim
You know the angry mother goose iS Surely after him.
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Nowiufus is so interested talking to his shine
SHe doesrit notice Sammy Jones a-sneaking up behind,
Which handyou chooje?"he asks her,while the fruit he keeps from sight
There wolit be much in either handwhen Sammy gets his bite.
There's going to be a chicken feed at lufus Kastus's shack,
For Kufus fondly bears a chicken on his tattered back.
Now did he buy or borrow it--yofull have to take your pick
Whichever makes no difference,for you cannot fool that chick.
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With hatchet Klufus takes a trip downto another coop;
He want afewnice biddies for a tasty chicken soup;
Butwhen he gets there he perceives would be no use to steal
For half a dozen of them wouldn't make a good square meaP.
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Tis on glad Independence Day that kufus Eastus Brown
BedecKs himself in colors gay and marches round the town;
The flag he waves before the breeze, the colors please his eye;
1Heis patriotic swell theFourthDayof July.~-~
And though young Eufus is a sport and stays away from church,
And plagues his baby sister, and leaves school in the lurch:
And though he chases little geese and sometimes steals achick,
Youtll find that he is nothing but little darK brown brick.
And though you dort appreciate,yodll surely hunt around
Before you find a better Ioy than Kufus astusBrown.-
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