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The Ladies

 I`ve taken my fun where I`ve found it;
 I`ve rogued an` I`ve ranged in my time;
 I`ve `ad my pickin` o` sweet`earts,
 An` four o` the lot was prime.
 One was an `arf-caste widow,
 One was a woman at Prome,
 One was the wife of a jemadar-sais,[(]
 An` one is a girl at `ome.
 Now I aren`t no `and with the ladies,
 For, takin `em all along,
 You never can say till you ve tried `em,
 An then you are like to be wrong.
 There`s times when you`ll think that you mightn`t,
 There`s times when you`ll know that you might;
 But the things you will learn from the Yellow an` Brown,
 They`ll `elp you an `eap with the White!
 I was a young un at `Oogli,
 Shy as a girl to begin;
 Aggie de Castrer she made me,
 An` Aggie was clever as sin;
 Older than me, but my first un--
 More like a mother she were--
 Showed me the way to promotion an` pay,
 An` I learned about women from `er.
 Then I was ordered to Burma,
 Actin` in charge o` Bazar,
 An` I got me a tiddy live `eathen
 Through buyin` supplies off `er pa.
 Funny an` yellow an` faithful--
 Doll in a teacup she were,
 But we lived on the square, like a true-married pair,
 An` I learned about women from `er.
 Then we was shifted to Neemuch
 (Or I might ha` been keepin` `er now),
 An` I took with a shiny she-devil,
 The wife of a nigger at Mhow;
 `Taught me the gipsy-folks` bolee;[(]
 Kind o` volcano she were,
 For she knifed me one night `cause I wished she was white,
 And I learned about women from `er.
 Then I come `ome in the trooper,
 `Long of a kid o` sixteen--
 Girl from a convent at Meerut,
 The straightest I ever `ave seen.
 Love at first sight was `er trouble,
 She didn`t know what it were;
 An` I wouldn`t do such, `cause I liked `er too much,
 But--I learned about women from `er!
 I`ve taken my fun where I`ve found it,
 An` now I must pay for my fun,
 For the more you `ave known o` the others
 The less will you settle to one;
 An` the end of it`s sittin` and thinkin`,
 An` dreamin` Hell-fires to see;
 So be warned by my lot (which I know you will not),
 An` learn about women from me!
 What did the colonel`s lady think?
 Nobody never knew.
 Somebody asked the sergeant`s wife,
 An` she told `em true.
 When you get to a man in the case,
 They`re like as a row of pins--
 For the colonel`s lady an` Judy O`Grady
 Are sisters under their skins!

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