By Frederic Lawrence Knowles
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But all in vain; each time I try, That little idiot makes reply, " I ain't had more nor seven! " Henry S. Leigh T H E SOCIETY U P O N T H E STANISLAUS I reside at Table Mountain, and my name is Truthful James; I am not up to small deceit, or any sinful games; And I'll tell in simple language what I know about the row That broke up our Society upon the Stanislow. But first I would remark, that it is not a proper plan For any scientific gent to whale his fellow man, And, if a member don't agree with his peculiar whim, To lay for that same member for to " put a head " on him.
And yet as a whole, it is past a doubt, In another hour it will be worn out! First of November, 'Fifty-five! This morning the parson takes a drive. Now, small boys, get out of the way! Here comes the wonderful one-hoss shay, Drawn by a rat-tailed, ewe-necked bay. " Huddup! " said the parson. — Off went they. The parson was working his Sunday's text — Had got to -fifthly, and stopped perplexed At what the — Moses — was coming next. All at once the horse stood still, Close by the meet'n'-house on the hill.
Eighteen hundred and twenty came; — Running as usual; much the same. Thirty and forty at last arrive, And then come fifty, and FIFTY-FIVE. Little of all we value here Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year Without both feeling and looking queer. In fact there's nothing that keeeps its youth, So far as I know, but a tree and truth. (This is a moral that runs at large; Take it. — You're welcome. ) . FIRST OF NOVEMBER —the Earthquake-day — There are traces of age in the one-hoss shay, A general flavor of mild decay, But nothing local, as one may say.
A Treasury of Humorous Poetry by Frederic Lawrence Knowles