By Frederic Lawrence Knowles
Writer: DANA ESTES
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The poor old chaise in a heap or mound, As if it had been to the mill and ground! You see, of course, if you're not a dunce, How it went to pieces all at once, — All at once, and nothing first, Just as bubbles do when they burst. End of the wonderful one-hoss shay. Logic is logic. That's all I say. Oliver Wendell CAPTAIN REECE Of all the ships upon the blue, No ship contained a better crew Than that of worthy Captain Reece, Commanding of The Mantelpiece. H e was adored by all his men, For worthy Captain Reece, R.
Colts grew horses, beards turned gray, Deacon and deaconess dropped away, Children and grandchildren — where were they? But there stood the stout old one-hoss shay As fresh as on Lisbon-Earthquake-day! EIGHTEEN HUNDRED; — it came and found The deacon's masterpiece strong and sound. A TREASURY OF HUMOROUS POETRY Eighteen hundred increased by ten; — " Hahnsum kerridge " they called it then. Eighteen hundred and twenty came; — Running as usual; much the same. Thirty and forty at last arrive, And then come fifty, and FIFTY-FIVE.
Thet night, I tell ye, she looked some! She seemed to've gut a new soul, For she felt sartin- sure he'd come, Down to her very shoe-sole. She heered a foot, an' knowed it tu, A-raspin' on the scraper, — All ways to once her feelin's flew Like sparks in burnt-up paper. He kin' o' l'itered on the mat, Some doubtfle o' the sekle, His heart kep' goin' pity-pat, But hern went pity Zekle. An' yit she gin her cheer a jerk Ez though she wished him furder, An' on her apples kep' to work, Parin' away like murder.
A Treasury of Humorous Poetry by Frederic Lawrence Knowles