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AUTOGRAPH

MAY YOUR LIFE BE A SUCCESSION OF SUCCESSIVE SUCCESSES.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1960

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)
Z210

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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FOLK VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

MAY YOUR JOYS BE AS DEEP AS THE OCEAN
AND YOUR SORROWS AS LIGHT AS ITS FOAM.

Submitter comment: MINNIE LORENZ WROTE THIS IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA ; SIMILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

I CAN'T THINK, TOO DUMB./ INSPIRATION WON'T COME.
CAN'T WRITE, BUM PEN,/ BUT GOD BLESS YOU. AMEN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABB ; WISHES ; WRITER'S MODESTY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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AUTOGRAPH

MM[ APPLES ON THE TABLE,
PEACHES ON THE SHELF.
YOU CAN'T MAKE A GOOD FRIEND
UNTIL YOU ARE ONE YOURSELF

Where learned: ALABAMA

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

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AUTOGRAPH

IT'S THE SONGS YOU SING AND THE SMILES YOU WEAR,
THAT PUT THE SUNSHINE EVERYWHERE.

Data entry tech comment: PUNCTUATION ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER
LINE DIVISION CHANGED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: ALASKA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COUPLET ; OBSERVATION ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

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I WISH YOU LOVE, I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY,
AND WHEN ITS HAIR BEGINS TO GROW,
I WISH YOU NEXT A BABY GIRL.

James Callow comment: GROW=CURL IN SOME VERSIONS

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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I WISH YOU HEALTH, I WISH YOU WEALTH
I WISH YOU GOLD
I WISH YOU HEAVEN AFTER DEATH
NOW WHAT CAN I WISH YOU MORE?

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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IN THE SHOWERS OF LIFE
WHEN YOU NEED AN UMBRELLA
MAY YOURS BE HELD BY
A HANDSOME YOUNG FELLA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; GROSSE POINTE ; BIRCH TREE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 03-01-1972 ; 00-00-1939

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I WISH YOU LUCK
I WISH YOU JOY
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY
WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL
THEN I WISH YOU A BABY GIRL

Submitter comment: THIS WOMAN, WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PERMITTED
ME TO COLLECT THESE VERSES FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
THE VERSES WERE ENTERED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS-
MATES IN 1939.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A REAL SUCCESS,
BE SURE THESE THINGS PLAY A PART,
GOOD HEALTH, TRUE FRIEND
AND COMPLIMENT OF HEART.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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MAY YOUR JOYS BE AS LONG AS THE BUNNY'S EARS,
AND YOUR SORROWS AS LONG AS HIS TAIL!

Submitter comment: CHOSEN BECAUSE OF ITS RECURRENCE, PROBABLY
A FOLK-VERSE.
(SIGNED) VIRG. WISCHER AT WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL IN
DETROIT

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

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I'M WRITING ON A YELLOW PAGE
TO SAVE YOU FROM THE BLUE
FOR SOMEDAY A FELLOW WILL
BE WRITING TO YOU.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I'LL WRITE ON WHITE TO BE POLITE
AND SAVE THE YELLOW FOR YOUR FELLOW
(SIGNED) JO ANN MC FALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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IF YOU CAN'T BE A GALAXY
THEN BE A STAR.
BUT BE THE BEST
WHATEVER YOU ARE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU ARE SICK AND GOING TO DIE,
CALL ME UP AND I WILL CRY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TAKE THE WORD "PLUCK"
CUT OFF THE "P"
WHAT IS LEFT
I WISH FOR THEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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TIS NOT TITLES AND NOT RANK
TIS NOT WEALTH LIKE LONDON BANK
THAT MAKES YOU TRULY BLEST
BUT HAPPINESS HAS ITS SEAT
AND CENTER IN THE BREAST
SO BE IN FUTURE AS IN PAST
AND YOU SURELY WILL BE BLEST.
(SIGNED) CHARLES MATHES

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00001800S

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I WISH YOU HEALTH, I WISH YOU WEALTH,
I WISH YOU GOLD IN STORE
I WISH YOU HEAVEN AFTER DEATH
WHAT COULD I WISH YOU MORE.
(SIGNED) M. MILLER CA. 1885

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00001800S

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MAY YOUR CHEEKS RETAIN THEIR DIMPLES
AND YOUR SMILE BE JUST AS GAY.
TILL SOME MANLY VOICE SHALL WHISPER
DEAR CLARA, NAME THE DAY.
(SIGNED) MATTIE STOCK, 1884, AUGUST

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00001800S

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THERE IS A SMILE FOR EVERY SIGH
FOR EVERY WOUND A BALM
A JOY FOR EVERY MOISTENED EYE
FOR EVERY STORM A CALM.
EACH SIGH IS SENT A SMILE TO LIGHT
EACH WOUND IN MERCY GIVEN
EACH TEAR FILLED EYE WILL YET BE BRIGHT
EACH STORM SUBSIDE IN HEAVEN
(SIGNED) ANNA BECKMAN, JAN. 7, 1884

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00001800S

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