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Billings, Josh, 1818-1885 [1866], Josh Billings, hiz sayings. With comic illustrations. (Carleton, New York) [word count] [eaf674T].
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Man iz a problem not yet solved, made out ov
dirt, and smells ov the material. He waz kreated a
little lower than the angells, and haz bin gittin a
little lower ever sinse. He waz given a butiful hum,
clus tew the borders ov heaven, the fruit and the
flower waz planted for him, and the sweet waters
were led along hiz futpath, birds sung onla for him,
and woman was bilt tew make hiz joy komplete.
The lam laid her hed on the lion's buzzum, and the
viper knu not ov his sting. The winds waz tempered
with soft fragranse, and awl things had onla the
soul ov innersence in them. Guile there waz none,
fear there waz none, even hope thare waz none, for
thare waz nothing tew want. This waz butiful tew
behold, but it didn't prove enny thing, but the kindness
ov God: Could the arth be peopled? could

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the oseans be crossed? could the forest be chopped
down? could sittys be built? could enny boddy be
made tew work when thare waz nothing to hope for
and nothing tew want? Man waz created tew govern
a world ov ruggidness, and he couldn't dew it bi
being as harmless as a dove; he must hav a touch
ov a good sized sarpent in him, or he would hav
lived, he and hiz wife, growing butiful and useless,
forever, in the Garden ov Eden. Man never waz
bilt for the Garden ov Eden; he waz onla put thare
tew see its buty, but not tew enjoy it till he had
arnt it; not tew liv thare untill a weary round had
bin paced. Eden waz hiz kradle, Eden was the pla
ground ov hiz yung Adamhood, and under hiz vine
and fig treeze waz hiz old age tew be gathered.
How menny ov the countless millions, who hav gone
forth from the pearly gate ov the garden hav ever
entered agin? Sum few, perhaps hav got back,
weary and worn, sum few hav got back within sight
ov its glory, and sleep thare, but legions lay whare
they hav fell az far from their hum az wandering feet
could carry them; and man after 5,000 years ov
birthrite tew awl the glora ov heaven, and arth, iz
az mutch ov a problem az ever. If he governs the
arth — if the lightnings obey him — if art iz the

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monark ov natur, and if even the angels are at
times tempted tew admire him, struggling with the
sarpent, iz he not, at this day, a moste magnificent
failure? kan he, who haz governed so mutch, that
even angels would shudder tew attack, can he govern
himself. This iz the problem. It iz but a step
from the furtherest grave tew the garden ov Eden,
but how few will take it. We awl know the wa
back tew the kradle ov Eden. We awl long tew be
thare asleep, but if God dont take us in hiz arms,
az froward children are taken, how few thare will
be, who will ever git hum. Man iz the problem,
God iz the solution.

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Billings, Josh, 1818-1885 [1866], Josh Billings, hiz sayings. With comic illustrations. (Carleton, New York) [word count] [eaf674T].
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