Will Carleton Never Poems

  • 1.
    Some men were born for great things,
    Some were born for small;
    Some--it is not recorded
    Why they were born at all;
    ...
  • 2.
    GIVE us your hand, Mr. Lawyer: how do you do to-day?

    "GIVE US YOUR HAND, MR. LAWYER: HOW DO YOU DO TO-DAY?"

    ...
  • 3.
    I.
    The great procession came up the street,
    With clatter of hoofs and tramp of feet;
    There was General Jones to guide the van,
    ...
  • 4.
    The Farmer Discourses of his Son.

    Tom was goin' for a poet, an' said he'd a poet be;
    One of these long-haired fellers a feller hates to see;
    ...
  • 5.
    Draw up the papers, lawyer, and make 'em good and stout;
    For things at home are crossways, and Betsey and I are out.
    We, who have worked together so long as man and wife,
    Must pull in single harness for the rest of our nat'ral life.
    ...
  • 6.
    JOHN:

    I've worked in the field all day, a-plowin' the "stony streak;"
    I've scolded my team till I'm hoarse; I've tramped till my legs are weak;
    ...
  • 7.
    [As Told in 1880.]

    Year of '71, children, middle of the fall,
    On one fearful night, children, we well-nigh lost our all.
    ...
  • 8.
    Over the hill to the poor-house I'm trudgin' my weary way--

    "OVER THE HILL TO THE POOR-HOUSE, I'M TRUDGIN' MY WEARY WAY."

    ...
Total 8 Never Poems by Will Carleton

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