Yawcob Strauss and Other Poems/The Lost Pet
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The Lost Pet.
|Yawcob Strauss and Other Poems is a 1910 book by Charles Follen Adams.|
THE LOST PET. 
- Oh, list! while I tell
- Of the fate that befell
- A pet that was dear unto me, —
- A black-and-tan pup.
- Oh! bitter the cup
- Prepared by that " Heathen Chinee "
- For me,
- The friend of those venders of tea.
- This young black-and-tan
- Away from me ran, —
- An act which I did not foresee;
- And, though I did seek
- For over a week
- To find him, it was not to be.
- You'll see,
- 'Twas the work of that sinful Chinee.
- His name was Ah-Bet,
- (Not the name of my pet,
- But of him of Chinese pedigree;)
- And he kept a small shop,
- And had the best "chop"
- Of tit-bits from over the sea,
- That he
- Obtained from his far-famed patrie.
- He had "chow-chow," that tickles
- The lover of pickles,
- Though with me it did never agree;
- And things filled with spice,
- Which may have been mice,—
- They looked enough like them, — dear me!
- To see
- Such food in the "land of the free."
- One day I'd a friend
- Who was coming to spend
- The day, and take dinner with me:
- So I went to Ah-Bet,
- And told him to get
- A rabbit "and fixin's;" and he
- Said "Oui,"
- In a manner quite Frenchy to see.
- The clock had struck one:
- The dinner was done,
- And served up with steaming Bohea.
- "'Tis excellent fare,
- This rabbit, or hare,:
Whichever it may be," said he,
- (Mon ami:)
- "You've a prize in that Heathen Chinee."
- Just then in the dish
- I noticed him fish
- For something he thought he could see,
- That didn't look right;
- And brought to the light
- A tag, with inscription, " Toby."
- Ah me!
- 'Twas that of my lost favori!
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