Versatile Verses

Versatile Verses

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... replied, " I'll be hanged if there ain't; Your word weighs nothing 'gainst that of a saint." He said, " Search your pocket, the bag will be there, So don't act the humbug, but give me my share; Your pocket the money-bag plainly divulges, ust look for yourself--don't you see where it bulges?" The farmer protested the bag was his own, Stamped his foot, and bewailed with piteous moan; But he might have protested as well to a stone, -For the soldier compelled him to fork out his money-bag, As a schoolboy might plunder a bee of its honey-bag. But true to his contract, it must be confessed, He counted out fifty and gave him the rest. MORAL. Never tell lies, or perhaps you'll get sold, And never go praying to statues for gold;, And if you've got money in gold or in notes, Don't stick it in the pockets of overcoats. AN APOLOGY FOR A SONG. SONG. I'o sing you a song in a minute, Like a nightingale, lark, or a linnet, If I only knew how to begin it, -But I'm really ashamed to confess, .Of three things a song should have in it, Not one of the three I possess. First, the voice, I'm remarkably weak in, 'Tis a compound of squealing and squeaking, And a sort of hoarse kind of a creaking, Like a rook's, or asthmatic macaw's. I'd sing, if I could, but such shrieking, Reminds one of sharpening saws. Alone, unfriended, Wounds untended, No drop of precious water near, Tho' blood be cheap, yet waters dear; With stiff 'ning limbs, and glazing eye, Beneath the blazing sun they lie, i In helpless, speechless agony, Tho' tender, pitying nurses, brave These ghastly sights and sounds of woe, Eager to succour, 'or to save, The wounded, be they...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123691001X
  • 9781236910011