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The One Hoss Shay

With its Companion Poems How the Old Horse Won the Bet & The Broomstick Train

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Published: 1858
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,563 / 26 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 438
Added to site: 2009.10.18 25579
Genre: Poetry

he lovely bonnets beam their smiles;
(The style's the man, so books avow;
The style's the woman, anyhow;)
From flounces frothed with creamy lace
Peeps out the pug-dog's smutty face,
Or spaniel rolls his liquid eye,
Or stares the wiry pet of Skye;--
O woman, in your hours of ease
So shy with us, so free with these!


[Illustration: On faultless ties and glossy tiles

The lovely bonnets beam their smiles]

"Come on! I'll bet you two to one
I'll make him do it!" "Will you? Done!"

What was it who was bound to do?
I did not hear and can't tell you,--
Pray listen till my story's through.



Scarce noticed, back behind the rest,
By cart and wagon rudely prest,
The parson's lean and bony bay
Stood harnessed in his one-horse shay--
Lent to his sexton for the day;
(A funeral--so the sexton said;
His mother's uncle's wife was dead.)

Like Lazarus bid to D



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