One Hundred Choice Selections Volume 34

One Hundred Choice Selections Volume 34

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... Arthur's sympathy and generosity. One swallow doesn't make a summer; but when the swallows begin to come, the summer is not far. BROWN STOUT. A brewer, in a country town, Had got a monstrous reputation. No other beer than his went down The hosts of the surrounding station; Carving his name upon their mugs, And painting it on every shutter; 'And though some envious folks would utter Hints, that its flavor came from drugs, Others maintained 'twas no such matter, But, owing to his monstrous vat, --As corpulent, at least, as that At Heidelberg, and some say fatter. His foreman was a lusty black, An honest fellow But one that had an ugly knack Of tasting samples, as he brewed, Till he was stupefied and mellow. One day, in this top-heavy mood, Having to cross the vat aforesaid (Just then with boiling beer supplied), O'ercome with giddiness and qualms, he Reeled--fell in--and nothing more said, But in his favorite liquor died, Like Clarence in his butt of Malmsey. In all directions round about, The negro absentee was sought, But as no human noddle thought That our fat black was made brown stout, They settled that the negro left The place for debt, or crime, or theft. Meanwhile, the beer was day by day Drawn into casks and sent away, Until the lees flowed thick and thicker, When, lo! outstretched upon the ground, Once more their missing friend they found, As they'd oft done before--in liquor! " See," cried his moralizing master, "I knew the fellow always drank hard, And prophesied some sad disaster. His fate should other tipplers strike. Poor Mungo! there be welters like A toast at bottom of a tankard! " Next mom, a publican whose tap Had helped to drain the vat so dry, Not having more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236925947
  • 9781236925947