Yawcob Strauss and Other Poems/The Butcher's Courtship
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|Yawcob Strauss and Other Poems is a 1910 book by Charles Follen Adams.|
THE BUTCHER'S COURTSHIP.
- "On, my Mary Ann," he side,
- "Will you be my loving bride?
- I cannot liver 'nother day without you.
- Your bright smile lights up my heart,
- Whisper yes, beefore we part,
- And the tenderlines of love I'll cast about you!"
- Then the rascal, growing bolder,
- Drew her head upon his shoulder,
- While the ribbones on her bonnet fluttered free,
- And fore-quarter of an hour
- They reclined within the bower,
- And she promised him she ever true would be.
- "Now," says he, " I must be goin'—
- Don't you hear the cattle loin?
- I can tarry here no longer, love, to-day;
- You can steak a silver dollar
- I shall be a steady caller;
- Keep your pluck and spirits up while I'm away!"
- Then he turned to cross a mead
- Where the horned cattle feed,
- And wasn't paying very much attention
- To the gender of the herd,
- When there suddenly occurred
- An accident he fain would never mention.
- He chanced to look a round,
- When towards him, with a bound,
- Came their masculine protector o'er the lea;
- And so brisket seemed to him
- That his chance was rather slim
- To flank him, or to even shin a tree.
- He was bull dosed, so to speak,
- Sorely rumpled, cowed and weak,
- And will steer hereafter clear from bulls and cows.
- The tail, alas! is sad;
- Would'st shun a bull that's mad?
- Then beware the quick contraction of his browse!
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