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Jest 'Fore Christmas

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Father calls me William, sister calls me Will,
Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill!
Mighty glad I ain't a girl - ruther be a boy,
Without them sashes, curls, an' things that's worn by Fauntleroy!
Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake -
Hate to take the castor-ile they give for bellyache!
'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me,
But jest 'fore Christmas I'm as good as I kin be!

Got a yeller dog named Sport, sick him on the cat;
First thing she knows she doesn't know where she is at!
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Abbie 18 December 2020
My parents used to read this to us every Christmas. It was in our set of Childcraft books. it became a tradition in our family. Sure brings back wonderful memories.
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Bill Cuff 02 August 2020
When I was in first grade, my mother made me memorize this poem and present it on stage at a Christmas program in front of the whole school, grades K through 12.
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Spock The Vegan 19 December 2019
This was read to me in grade school. I hadn't though about it for years, but I like it.
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chuck 11 June 2019
read this in grade school...sometime between 1956 and 1959. I memorized the 'grandma/oldest brother Dan/Ceylon stanza and would intone it, time to time, over 60 years. THEN, Walter Slezak speaks the 'prospect pleases. man is vile' part in Born to Kill..a 1947 film noir.
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Doh Hampa 19 December 2018
When I was teaching I would read this poem 3 weeks before Christmas and at least once a week. Used this as a lesson on progression of some of our language and the use of idioms. What great memories.
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Andy Avent 24 December 2017
We would read this and other poems on Christmas Eve and still do.
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Susan Williams 20 December 2015
That was a fun read! It sparked memories even though I wasn't a boy- girls can be tom boys, you know, I have never read him before and look forward to more like this.
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Kim Barney 20 December 2015
Have enjoyed this poem since I was a child. Thanks, Poem Hunter, for including it here today.
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Jay Porter 20 December 2015
I really enjoyed this poem. It reminds me of myself before Christmas
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