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THOMAS HOOD
English poet and humorist
(1799 - 1845)
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The Quaker loves an ample brim,
  A hat that bows to no Salaam;
    And dear the beaver is to him
      As if it never made a dam.
      - All Round my Hat [Hatters]

Now, really, this appears the common case
  Of putting too much Sabbath into Sunday--
    But what is your opinion, Mrs. Grundy?
      - An Open Question (st. 1) [Sabbath]

The Autumn is old;
  The sere leaves are flying;
    He hath gather'd up gold,
      And now he is dying;--
        Old age, begin sighing!
      - Autumn [Autumn]

The year's in the wane,
  There is nothing adorning,
    The night has no eve,
      And the day has no morning;--
        Cold winter gives warning.
      - Autumn [Autumn]

When he's forsaken,
  Wither'd and shaken,
    What can an old man do but die?
      - Ballad [Age]

It was not in the winter
  Our loving lot was cast:
    It was the time of roses
      We pluck'd them as we pass'd.
      - Ballad--It was not in the Winter [Roses]

One more unfortunate
  Weary of breath,
    Rashly importunate,
      Gone to her death!
      - Bridge of Sighs [Death : Misfortune]

Over the brink of it
  Picture it--think of it,
    Dissolute man.
      Lave in it--drink of it
        Then, if you can.
      - Bridge of Sighs [Humanity]

Take her up tenderly,
  Lift her with care;
    Fashioned so slenderly,
      Young and so fair!
      - Bridge of Sighs [Misfortune]

'Tis strange how like a very dunce,
  Man, with his bumps upon his sconce,
    Has lived so long, and yet no knowledge he
      Has had, till lately, of Phrenology--
        A science that by simple dint of
          Head-combing he should find a hint of,
            When scratching o'er those little pole-hills
              The faculties throw up like mole hills.
      - Craniology [Phrenology]

Of horn and morn, and hark and bark,
  And echo's answering sounds,
    All poet's wit hath ever writ
      In dog-rel verse of hounds.
      - Epping Hunt (st. 10) [Chase]

Ben Battle was a soldier bold,
  And used to war's alarms;
    But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
      So he laid down his arms.
      - Faithless Nellie Gray [Soldiers]

Dreary rosmarye
  That always mourns the dead.
      - Flowers [Rosemaries]

Jasmine is sweet, and has many loves.
      - Flowers [Jasmines]

The cowslip is a country wench.
      - Flowers [Cowslips]

The lily is all in white, like a saint,
  And so is no mate for me.
      - Flowers [Lilies]

The pea is but a wanton witch
  In too much haste to wed,
    And clasps her rings on every hand.
      - Flowers [Peas, Sweet]

The tulip is a courtly quean,
  Whom, therefore, I will shun.
      - Flowers [Tulips]

The violet is a nun.
      - Flowers [Violets]

The wolfsbane I should dread.
      - Flowers [Weeds]

There's a double beauty whenever a swan
  Swims on a lake with her double thereon.
      - Her Honeymoon [Swans]

But she is vanish'd to her shady home
  Under the deep, inscrutable; and there
    Weeps in a midnight made of her own hair.
      - Hero and Leander (116) [Hair]

Peace and rest at length have come,
  All the day's long toil is past;
    And each heart is whispering, "Home,
      Home at last!"
      - Home At Last [Home]

Father of rosy day,
  No more thy clouds of incense rise;
    But waking flow'rs,
      At morning hours,
        Give out their sweets to meet thee in the skies.
      - Hymn to the Sun (st. 4) [Sun]

I remember, I remember
  The fir-trees dark and high;
    I used to think their slender tops
      Were close against the sky.
      - I Remember, I Remember [Fir]


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