So Thomas Edison
Never drank his medicine;
So Blackstone and Hoyle
Refused cod-liver oil;
So Sir Thomas Malory
Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot…
Consider man, who may well become…
Because he forgot how to walk and…
The summer like a rajah dies,
And every widowed tree
Kindles for Congregationalist eye…
An alien suttee.
The song of canaries
And when they’re moulting
They’re pretty revolting.
Spend the winter at the bottom of…
You go to Paris and live on champ…
If you’re dipsomognac.
I find it very hard to be fair-min…
About people who go around being a…
I just can’t see any fun
In soaring up up up into the sun
When the chances are still a fresh…
Oh, weep for Mr. and Mrs. Bryan!
He was eaten by a lion;
Following which, the lion’s liones…
Up and swallowed Bryan’s Bryaness…
Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they l…
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I’d call me Us.
Some singers sing of ladies’ eyes,
And some of ladies lips,
Refined ones praise their ladylike…
And course ones hymn their hips.
The Oxford Book of English Verse
A mighty creature is the germ,
Though smaller than a pachyderm.
His customary dwelling place
Is deep within the human race.
His childish pride he often please…
There here are words of radical ad…
Young man, be a snob.
Yes, if you are in search of argum…
Why I’ve gottem.
Let the personnel managers differ;
I give you now Professor Twist,
A conscientious scientist,
Trustees exclaimed, “He never bun…
And sent him off to distant jungle…
Camped on a tropic riverside,
Higgledy piggledy, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day
To count what my black hen doth la…
If perchance she lays too many,
To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.