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Ellis Parker Butler - The Ballad Of A Bachelor

Listen, ladies, while I sing
The ballad of John Henry King.

John Henry was a bachelor,
His age was thirty-three or four.

Two maids for his affection vied,
And each desired to be his bride,

And bravely did they strive to bring
Unto their feet John Henry King.

John Henry liked them both so well,
To save his life he could not tell

Which he most wished to be his bride,
Nor was he able to decide.

Fair Kate was jolly, bright, and gay,
And sunny as a summer day;

Marie was kind, sedate, and sweet,
With gentle ways and manners neat.

Each was so dear that John confessed
He could not tell which he liked best.

He studied them for quite a year,
And still found no solution near,

And might have studied two years more
Had he not, walking on the shore,

Conceived a very simple way
Of ending his prolonged delay--

A way in which he might decide
Which of the maids should be his bride.

He said, "I'll toss into the air
A dollar, and I'll toss it fair;

If heads come up, I'll wed Marie;
If tails, fair Kate my bride shall be."

Then from his leather pocket-book
A dollar bright and new he took;

He kissed one side for fair Marie,
The other side for Kate kissed he.

Then in a manner free and fair
He tossed the dollar in the air.

"Ye fates," he cried, "pray let this be
A lucky throw indeed for me!"

The dollar rose, the dollar fell;
He watched its whirling transit well,

And off some twenty yards or more
The dollar fell upon the shore.

John Henry ran to where it struck
To see which maiden was in luck.

But, oh, the irony of fate!
Upon its edge the coin stood straight!

And there, embedded in the sand,
John Henry let the dollar stand!

And he will tempt his fate no more,
But live and die a bachelor.

Thus, ladies, you have heard me sing
The ballad of John Henry King.

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Poet: Ellis Parker Butler
Poem: The Ballad Of A Bachelor
Volume: Century Magazine
Poem of the Day: Jul 11 2013

Comment 5 of 5, added on September 22nd, 2013 at 3:49 AM.
Finlyla! This is jus

Finlyla! This is just what I was looking for.

Javier from Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
Comment 4 of 5, added on May 1st, 2013 at 10:40 PM.
Its always necessary keep your teeth clean

A tooth (plural teeth) is a mignonne, calcified, whitish structure start in the jaws (or mouths) of various vertebrates and used to ease up down food. Some animals, strikingly carnivores, also take teeth for the purpose hunting or for defensive purposes. The roots of teeth are covered sooner than gums. Teeth are not made of bone, but to a certain extent of multiple tissues of varying density and hardness.

The ordinary design of teeth is nearly the same across the vertebrates, although there is sizeable variation in their show up and position. The teeth of mammals get deep roots, and this design is also found in some fish, and in crocodilians. In most teleost fish, regardless how, the teeth are partial to to the outer surface of the bone, while in lizards they are fond of to the inner side of the jaw by way of one side. In cartilaginous fish, such as sharks, the teeth are unavailable by cold ligaments to the hoops of cartilage that type the jaw.

Uncotoovefe from Grenada
Comment 3 of 5, added on April 21st, 2012 at 4:49 AM.

I liked the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening because of how ercsdiptive it was. It captured the feeling of awe everyone can relate to when we experience snow falling on trees, and how it creates the winter scene. The despcriptiveness created a very clear indication of how the author was feeling, and the way the poem seemed to stop in time was very effective. I personally love snow, so I could understand how the scene captured the man enough to stop his journey. It was touching because it showed appreciationg for one of the simple natural beauties in life.

Niklen from Finland

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