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Two Hundred Old-Time Songs [Mark Twain's annotated songbook (New York: J. S. Ogilvie, 1896)]

Two Hundred Old-Time Songs [Mark Twain's annotated songbook (New York: J. S. Ogilvie, 1896)]
Two Hundred Old-Time Songs
[Mark Twain's annotated songbook (New York: J. S. Ogilvie, 1896)]

On the cover Clemens copied one of his favorite comic verses, written by Billy Rice and sung to the tune of the hymn "There is a happy land":

There is a boarding house, far, far away,
Where they give ham & eggs 3 times a day
O how them boarders yell
When they hear the dinner bell,
They give the landlord (!)
3 times a day.

The missing word "(!)" was of course "hell." The children "admired it to the limit," and made him "sing it with burdensome frequency."
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