I haf von funny leedle poy
Vot comes schust to mine knee;
Der queerest schap, der createst rogue,
As ever you dit see.
He runs und schumps and schmashes dings
In all barts off der house:
But vot off dot? He vas mine son,
Mine leedle Yawcob Strauss.
"Yawcob Strauss", in Yawcob Strauss, and Other Poems (1876), p. 11.
" Tis plain to me
As A B C,
My dear friend, Mr. Neff!"
"Oh, yes! but then,"
Says Mr. N ,
"You know I'm D E F!"
"Yawcob Strauss", in Yawcob Strauss, and Other Poems (1876), p. 69.
If an S and an I and an O and a U
With an X at the end spell Su;
And an E and a Y and an E spell I,
Pray what is a speller to do?
Then, if also an S and an I and a G
And an HED spell side,
There's nothing much left for a speller to do
But to go commit siouxeyesighed.
An Orthographic Lament; although Adams had published at least one poem playing on the pronunciation of the word Sioux, no firm evidence supports his authorship of this work.