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  • 109.

    'Dr. Birch's young friends will reassemble to-day, Feb. 1st.'

    White is the wold, and ghostly
    The dank and leafless trees;
    And 'M's and 'N's are mostly
    Pronounced like 'B's and 'D's:
    'Neath bleak sheds, ice-encrusted,
    The sheep stands, mute and stolid:
    And ducks find out, disgusted,
    That all the ponds are solid.

    Many a stout steer's work is
    (At least in this world) finished;
    The gross amount of turkies
    Is sensibly diminished:
    The holly-boughs are faded,
    The painted crackers gone;
    Would I could write, as Gray did,
    An Elegy thereon!

    For Christmas-time is ended:
    Now is 'our youth' regaining
    Those sweet spots where are 'blended
    Home-comforts and school-training.'
    Now they're, I dare say, venting
    Their grief in transient sobs,
    And I am 'left lamenting'
    At home, with Mrs. Dobbs.

    O Posthumus! 'Fugaces
    Labuntur anni' still;
    Time robs us of our graces,
    Evade him as we will.
    We were the twins of Siam:
    Now SHE thinks ME a bore,
    And I admit that _I_ am
    Inclined at times to snore.

    I was her own Nathaniel;
    With her I took sweet counsel,
    Brought seed-cake for her spaniel,
    And kept her bird in groundsel:
    We've murmured, 'How delightful
    A landscape, seen by night, is,' -
    And woke next day in frightful
    Pain from acute bronchitis.

    * * *

    But ah! for them, whose laughter
    We heard last New Year's Day, -
    (They reeked not of Hereafter,
    Or what the Doctor'd say,) -
    For those small forms that fluttered
    Moth-like around the plate,
    When Sally brought the buttered
    Buns in at half-past eight!

    Ah for the altered visage
    Of her, our tiny Belle,
    Whom my boy Gus (at his age!)
    Said was a 'deuced swell!'
    P'raps now Miss Tickler's tocsin
    Has caged that pert young linnet;
    Old Birch perhaps is boxing
    My Gus's ears this minute.

    Yet, though your young ears be as
    Red as mamma's geraniums,
    Yet grieve not! Thus ideas
    Pass into infant craniums.
    Use not complaints unseemly;
    Tho' you must work like bricks;
    And it IS cold, extremely,
    Rising at half-past six.

    Soon sunnier will the day grow,
    And the east wind not blow so;
    Soon, as of yore, L'Allegro
    Succeed Il Penseroso:
    Stick to your Magnall's Questions
    And Long Division sums;
    And come--with good digestions -
    Home when next Christmas comes. read more »

  • 110.
    New Year's Eve Midnight

    There is excitement in the air
    Hearts are bubbling with joy and light
    We feel the Death that is near
    And we sit in wait wit smiles wide and bright. read more »

  • 111.
    On the Death of a Cat

    Who shall tell the lady's grief
    When her Cat was past relief?
    Who shall number the hot tears
    Shed o'er her, beloved for years? read more »

  • 112.
    The Prison Bell

    Hark to the bell of sorrow! - 'tis awak'ning up again
    Each broken spirit from its brief forgetfulness of pain.
    Its sad sound seems to me to be a deathwail from the past,
    An elegy for buried joys too pure and bright to last. read more »

  • 113.
    The Consumptive

    The stars, the fields, will know him never-
    his friends, his trees, the restless swerving sea. read more »

  • 114.
    a bartender's good-night (part 1)

    Sad bar
    each night a collection of poems more & more tipsy

    sensual female tongues at the board meeting here read more »

  • 115.
    Menage (Inspired by Fogglethorpe) !

    I guess there’s something more to say
    So let me start with Thomas Gray

    In his times a well-known bard read more »

  • 116.
    The River~

    Pine river snakes itself through the hills
    An unappealing stretch of dried beds and rock
    Drought infested-near dry to the bone
    A terminal slow death upon Mother Nature's clock; read more »

  • 117.
    Meditation At Lagunitas

    All the new thinking is about loss.
    In this it resembles all the old thinking.
    The idea, for example, that each particular erases
    the luminous clarity of a general idea. That the clown- read more »

  • 118.
    On The Yong Baronett Portman Dying Of An Impostume In's Head

    Is Death so cunning now that all her blowe
    Aymes at the heade? Doth now her wary Bowe
    Make surer worke than heertofore? The steele
    Slew warlike heroes onely in the heele. read more »

  • 119.
    Elegy VIII. He Describes His Early Love of Poetry, and Its Consequences

    Ah me! what envious magic thins my fold?
    What mutter'd spell retards their late increase? read more »

  • 120.
    On The Death Of Mr. Viner

    Is Viner Dead? and shall each Muse become
    Silent as Death, and as his Musick Dumb?
    Shall he depart without a poet's Praise, read more »

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