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Mr. Punch's Book of Sports
 

THAT FOOT-BALL

An Athletic Father's Lament.

What was it made me cricket snub,
And force my seven sons to sub-
sidize a local "Rugby" Club?

That Foot-ball!



Yet, what first drew from me a sigh,
When Tom, my eldest, missed a "try,"
But got instead a broken thigh?

That Foot-ball!



What in my second, stalwart Jack,
Caused some inside machine to crack,
And kept him ten months on his back—?

That Foot-ball!



What brought my third, unhappy Ted,
To fade and sink, and keep his bed,
And finally go off his head?—

That Foot-ball!



My fourth and fifth, poor John and Jim,
What made the sight of one so dim?
What made the other lack a limb?

That Foot-ball!



Then Frank, my sixth, who cannot touch
The ground unaided by a crutch,
Alas! of what had he too much?

That Foot-ball!

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