The Poems of John Godfrey Saxe

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J.R. Osgood, 1873 - 491 pages

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Page 261 - the Elephant Is very like a rope!" And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong...
Page 259 - The second feeling of the tusk, Cried, "Ho! what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mighty clear This wonder of an elephant Is very like a spear!
Page 259 - IT was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: "God bless me! but the Elephant Is very like a wall!
Page 120 - A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table than when his wife talks Greek.
Page 34 - Depend upon it, my snobbish friend, Your family thread you can't ascend, Without good reason to apprehend You may find it waxed at the farther end By some plebeian vocation ! Or, worse than that, your boasted Line May end in a loop of stronger twine, That plagued some worthy relation ! XVI.
Page 333 - And straight she held before the monarch's view, • In either hand, a radiant wreath of flowers ; The one, bedecked with every charming hue, Was newly culled from Nature's choicest bowers ; The other, no less fair in every part, Was the rare product of divinest Art. " Which is the true, and which the false ?
Page 52 - He reads my daily paper through Before I've seen a word; He scans the lyric (that I wrote) And thinks it quite absurd; He calmly smokes my last cigar, And coolly asks for more; He opens everything he sees Except the entry door!
Page 51 - I mean to take the knocker off, Put crape upon the door, Or hint to John that I am gone To stay a month or more. I do not tremble when I meet The stoutest of my foes, But Heaven defend me from the friend Who never, never goes! Early Rising "Goo bless the man who first invented sleep!
Page 260 - The Fifth who chanced to touch the ear, Said : "E'en the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most ; Deny the fact who can, This marvel of an elephant Is very like a fan !" The Sixth no sooner had begun About the beast to grope, Than seizing on the swinging tail That fell within his scope, "I see...
Page 232 - But if some maid with beauty blest, As pure and fair as Heaven can make her, Will share my labor and my rest, Till envious Death shall overtake her ? — Quoth Echo (sotto voce) : " Take her I

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