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A New Pen


I hain't bin a writin' but little of late,
I've bin lazy an' tired an' dull,
An' thoughts wouldn't think in my old thick pate
Er ideas enter my skull.
But I hain't as tired 's I used to be
An' I've started to writin' agen
No more of the lazy and dull fer me—
'Cause I've got a new pen.
Ideas may come an' ideas may go
Like the regular tides 0' the sea,
Anyone with ideas can write, you know,
Tho' it may not read easy an' free.
It's good to be push in' ideas along
To add to the wisdom 0' men,
So I feel the old longin' for writin' grow strong—
'Cause I've got a new pen.