Forest Life and Forest Trees

Forest Life and Forest Trees

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Excerpt: ...of cards, and threw them into the fire also, pronouncing deliberately, "High, low, Jack, and the game!" I really expected a fuss when the matter should come to the knowledge of the others. They submitted, however, to their bereavement like philosophers. It passed off without any muss being kicked up, though the agent was a little menaced for the liberties he had taken in the matter; but he enjoyed the sympathies of the instigator. Loggers, unlike most classes of men, are under the necessity of manufacturing their own songs. 11 The mariner, the patriot, the soldier, and the lover have engaged the attention of gifted bards in giving rhyme and measure to their feelings; yet they are not without poetical sentiment. The following is inserted as a specimen of log swamp literature, composed by one of the loggers: THE LOGGER'S BOAST. "Come, all ye sons of freedom throughout the State of Maine, Come, all ye gallant lumbermen, and listen to my strain; On the banks of the Penobscot, where the rapid waters flow, O! we'll range the wild woods over, and a lumbering will go; And a lumbering we'll go, so a lumbering will go, O! we'll range the wild woods over while a lumbering we go. When the white frost gilds the valleys, the cold congeals the flood; When many men have naught to do to earn their families bread; When the swollen streams are frozen, and the hills are clad with snow, O! we'll range the wild woods over, and a lumbering we will go; And a lumbering we'll go, so a lumbering, &c. When you pass through the dense city, and pity all you meet, To hear their teeth chattering as they hurry down the street; In the red frost-proof flannel we're incased from top to toe, While we range the wild woods over, and a lumbering we go; And a lumbering we'll go, so a lumbering, &c. You may boast of your gay parties, your pleasures, and your plays, And pity us poor lumbermen while dashing in your sleighs; We want no better pastime than to chase the buck and doe; O!...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236731492
  • 9781236731494