Ben King's Verse

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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 (3 hr 35 min)


Introduction by John McGovern 3:41 Read by Larry Wilson
Biography by Opie Read 3:18 Read by Larry Wilson
If I Should Die 1:03 Read by GentleJim
Say When, and Say It 1:32 Read by Melanie T
Gittin' My Soul Inter Shape 1:42 Read by GentleJim
Evolution 3:00 Read by GentleJim
Gedder in Yo' Grain 1:15 Read by Phil Schempf
Jane Jones 2:47 Read by Ilia Tivin
Elopement 1:06 Read by Katherine Rivera
Her Folks an' Hiz'n 2:17 Read by GentleJim
The Yaller Jackets' Nest 1:45 Read by Scotty Smith
How Hank Died 2:27 Read by GentleJim
How Often 0:46 Read by Jason in Panama
Renton Harbor, Mich. 3:21 Read by GentleJim
Asphodel 1:11 Read by Jason in Panama
The Flowers' Ball 2:53 Read by Katherine Rivera
De Sun's Comin' Back 1:29 Read by Scotty Smith
The River St. Joe 2:00 Read by Larry Wilson
The Robin and the Chicken 1:02 Read by Jason in Panama
Baby Up at Battenberg's 1:11 Read by nighthawks
No Harm Done 3:34 Read by nighthawks
The Fates 1:54 Read by nighthawks
Paraphrase 3:52 Read by GentleJim
If I can be by Her 2:14 Read by GentleJim
Toboggan 1:53 Read by nighthawks
De Bugel on de Hill 2:36 Read by Scotty Smith
Old St. Joe 3:01 Read by nighthawks
The Tramp 1:05 Read by Larry Wilson
The Chautauquan Maid 2:11 Read by Melanie T
I'm a Bluejay 1:16 Read by Melanie T
'Rastus King 1:52 Read by Katherine Rivera
That Valentine 0:57 Read by Jason in Panama
De Good Ship 1:03 Read by Larry Wilson
A Casual Observation 1:10 Read by Phil Schempf
Like the New Friends Best 2:19 Read by GentleJim
A Negro Song of Home 1:54 Read by Larry Wilson
S'posin' 1:05 Read by Jason in Panama
Little 'Rasmus 2:06 Read by Scotty Smith
Nobody Knows 1:27 Read by GentleJim
She does not Hear 2:15 Read by Melanie T
Down the Mississippi 3:10 Read by Scotty Smith
The Mermaid 1:44 Read by Larry Wilson
De Blackbird Fetched de Spring 2:22 Read by Scotty Smith
Appearances 1:11 Read by Scotty Smith
The Girl with the Jersey 1:07 Read by Jason in Panama
If my Wife Taught School 1:52 Read by Scotty Smith
The Old Spinning Wheel 1:35 Read by Phil Schempf
The Owl and the Crow 1:22 Read by Alitheia
De Clouds am Gwin ter Pass 1:57 Read by GentleJim
A Summer's Afternoon 1:30 Read by Jason in Panama
I Fed the Fishes 2:49 Read by Melanie T
Ole Bossie Cow 1:22 Read by Larry Wilson
That Cat 1:15 Read by Alitheia
A Frog's Thanksgiving 1:25 Read by Jason in Panama
Lovey-Loves 1:07 Read by Jason in Panama
Hank Spink 1:22 Read by Melanie T
The Nile 1:23 Read by Jason in Panama
Like de Ole Mule Bes' 3:25 Read by Scotty Smith
De Ribber ob Life 2:26 Read by Scotty Smith
The Cat o' Nine Tails 1:59 Read by Scotty Smith
The Hair-Tonic Bottle 1:26 Read by Jason in Panama
De Circus Turkey 2:33 Read by antonygirgis
Sofie Jakobowski 8:56 Read by Scotty Smith
Sunrise 0:43 Read by Larry Wilson
The Woodticks 1:43 Read by GentleJim
Didn't we, Jim? 2:10 Read by GentleJim
The Post-Driver 1:09 Read by Jason in Panama
Lef' de Ole Hoss Out 1:17 Read by antonygirgis
Ec-A-Lec-Tic Fits 2:05 Read by antonygirgis
Keep Him a Baby 1:46 Read by Jason in Panama
Angeliny 1:10 Read by antonygirgis
De Eyarfquake 1:53 Read by Larry Wilson
The Pessimist 1:16 Read by Jason in Panama
But Then 2:07 Read by nighthawks
Presque Isle 1:55 Read by GentleJim
Beulah Land 1:31 Read by antonygirgis
The Blackbird and the Thrush 1:28 Read by Jason in Panama
De Spring-House 1:30 Read by antonygirgis
Under Obligations 1:06 Read by antonygirgis
Cleopatra and Charmian 2:55 Read by Jason in Panama
Pinkey 2:40 Read by antonygirgis
The Bung Town Canal 3:03 Read by antonygirgis
De Massa 2:28 Read by Scotty Smith
Coonie in de Holler 1:30 Read by antonygirgis
After Weidenfeller Goes 1:52 Read by antonygirgis
Zaccheus 3:50 Read by Larry Wilson
A Retrospection 2:18 Read by Larry Wilson
St. Patrick's Day 1:49 Read by GentleJim
Injun Summah 1:20 Read by antonygirgis
'Cause it's Gittin' Spring 1:38 Read by GentleJim
Decorate de Cabin 1:23 Read by antonygirgis
The Ultimatum 1:12 Read by Larry Wilson
Dreamy Days 0:51 Read by Jason in Panama
When the Stage Gits in 2:01 Read by Jude
The Cultured Girl Again 1:21 Read by antonygirgis
The Cushville Hop 1:23 Read by antonygirgis
Gord Only Knows 1:53 Read by GentleJim
Jes' Take my Advice 1:23 Read by GentleJim
Patriotism and a Pension 1:43 Read by GentleJim
The Old Musician's Fate 4:12 Read by GentleJim
A Record from 'way back 2:19 Read by Scotty Smith
Thanksgibbin in Ole Virginny 1:19 Read by Scotty Smith
Grave Matters 1:35 Read by Scotty Smith
Comin' Christmas Morn 3:01 Read by Larry Wilson
Sad Fate of Yim Yohnsen 2:43 Read by GentleJim
Legend of the St. Joseph 2:46 Read by Jason in Panama
Little Jude 1:55 Read by Larry Wilson
Little Pucken Singer 2:10 Read by Scotty Smith
Down in Walhallalah 1:32 Read by Jason in Panama