Robinson Crusoe’s Story

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Robinson Crusoe’s Story  (1919) 
by Charles Edward Carryl
This humorous children’s poem is excerpted from Chapter 11 of the novel Davy and the Goblin but has become known in its own right. The poem was published in anthology of American poems in 1919.

 The night was thick and hazy
 When the “Piccadilly Daisy”
Carried down the crew and captain in the sea;
 And I think the water drowned ’em;
 For they never, never found ’em,
And I know they didn’t come ashore with me.

 Oh! ’twas very sad and lonely
 When I found myself the only
Population on this cultivated shore;
 But I’ve made a little tavern
 In a rocky little cavern,
And I sit and watch for people at the door.

 I spent no time in looking
 For a girl to do my cooking,
As I’m quite a clever hand at making stews;
 But I had that fellow Friday,
 Just to keep the tavern tidy,
And to put a Sunday polish on my shoes.

 I have a little garden
 That I’m cultivating lard in,
As the things I eat are rather tough and dry;
 For I live on toasted lizards,
 Prickly pears, and parrot gizzards,
And I’m really very fond of beetle-pie.

 The clothes I had were furry,
 And it made me fret and worry
When I found the moths were eating off the hair;
 And I had to scrape and sand ’em,
 And I boiled ’em and I tanned ’em,
Till I got the fine morocco suit I wear.

 I sometimes seek diversion
 In a family excursion
With the few domestic animals you see;
 And we take along a carrot
 As refreshment for the parrot,
And a little can of jungleberry tea.

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“If the roads are wet and muddy we remain at home and study.

 Then we gather as we travel,
 Bits of moss and dirty gravel,
And we chip off little specimens of stone;
 And we carry home as prizes
 Funny bugs, of handy sizes,
Just to give the day a scientific tone.

 If the roads are wet and muddy
 We remain at home and study,—
For the Goat is very clever at a sum,
 And the Dog, instead of fighting,
 Studies ornamental writing,
While the Cat is taking lessons on the drum.

 We retire at eleven,
 And we rise again at seven;
And I wish to call attention, as I close,
 To the fact that all the scholars
 Are correct about their collars,
And particular in turning out their toes.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1920, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.