Abraham Lincoln, Copybook Verses, 1824-1826

Source citation
Copybook Verses, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 1: 2, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
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Miscellaneous
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Transcriber
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Matthew Pinsker, Dickinson College
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The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.
Copybook Verses
 
[1824-1826]
 
Abraham Lincoln
 
his hand and pen
 
he will be good but
 
god knows When
 
Abraham Lincoln his hand and pen he will be good
 
but god knows When Time What an emty vaper
 
tis and days how swift they are swift as an indian arr[ow]
 
Meter
 
fly on like a shooting star the presant moment Just [is here]
 
then slides away in h[as]te that we [can] never say they ['re ours]
 
but [only say] th[ey]'re past
 
Abraham Lincoln is my nam[e]
 
And with my pen I wrote the same
 
I wrote in both hast and speed
 
and left it here for fools to read
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