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William S. Gilbert WIDOW MACSHANE Near ould Skibbereen, in the gim of the owshun, The spaker was born, in a quare-lookin' place, Where pigs and a cow were in full locomowshun, And six other childers were shlapein' in pace. I cannot say mooch for me father's exthraction, Because, do ye see, he was born in the bogs; But as for me mother, be double transaction, She loved the ould chap and the rest of the hogs. 'Twas joost as I enter'd this wurruld of slaughter, Me father looked up from his sate be the wall; Says he, " Me swate Bridget, pray how is our daughter ?

The birds aforesaid — happy pairs — Love, 'mid the aforesaid boughs, inshrines In freehold nests; themselves their heirs, Administrators, and assigns. O busiest term of Cupid's Court, Where tender plaintiffs actions bring, — Season of frolic and of sport, Hail, as aforesaid, coming Spring! Henry Howard Brownell NEGRO LULLABY Bedtime's come fu' little boys, Po' little lamb. Too tiahed out to make a noise, Po' little lamb. You gwine t' have to-morrer sho'? Yes, you tole me dat befo', Don't you fool me, chile, no' mo', Po' little lamb.

The boundless ineffable prairie; The splendor of mountain and lake With their hues that seem ever to vary; The mighty pine forests which shake In the wind, and in which the unwary May tread on a snake ; And this wold with its heathery garment — Are themes undeniably great. A TREASURY OF HUMOROUS POETRY 2$ But — although there is not any harm in't — It's perhaps little good to dilate On their charms to a dull little varmint Of seven or eight. Charles Stuart Calverley T H E DEACON'S MASTERPIECE OR, THE WONDERFUL " ONE - HOSS SHAY " A LOGICAL STORY Have you heard of the wonderful one-hoss shay, That was built in such a logical way It ran a hundred years to a day, And then, of a sudden, it — ah, but stay, I'll tell you what happened without delay, Scaring the parson into fits, Frightening people out of their wits, — Have you ever heard of that, I say?

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