Benjamin Franklin King, Jr.
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Benjamin Franklin King, Jr. (March 17, 1857 – 1894) was an American humorist and poet whose work published under the names Ben King or the pseudonym Bow Hackley achieved notability in his lifetime and afterwards.
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- If I should die to-night
And you should come in deepest grief and woe—
And say:—"Here's that ten dollars that I owe,"
I might arise in my large white cravat
And say, "What's that?"
- If I should die, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "If I should die to-night, / My friends would look upon my quiet face / Before they laid it in its resting-place, / And deem that death had left it almost fair", Belle E. Smith.
- Nothing to do but work,
Nothing to eat but food,
Nothing to wear but clothes
To keep one from going nude.
- The Pessimist, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Nothing to breathe but air
Quick as a flash 'tis gone;
Nowhere to fall but off,
Nowhere to stand but on.
- Ben King's verse, 1894, from the Internet Archive