Ellis Parker Butler
Trespassers by Ellis Parker Butler

Trespassers by Ellis Parker Butler

When Love and I drew softly nigh And gazed in modest Chloe's eye We saw reflected there in part The lovely mansion of her heart, A sight so fair that, quite bereft Of sense ...

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To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine) by Ellis Parker Butler

To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine) by Ellis Parker Butler

Sweet Love and I had oft communed; We were, indeed, great friends, And oft I sought his office, near Where Courtship Alley ends. I used to sit with him, and smoke, And talk ...

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To Jessica, Gone Back To The City by Ellis Parker Butler

To Jessica, Gone Back To The City by Ellis Parker Butler

Sence fair Jessica hez left us Seems ez ef she hed bereft us, When she went, o’ half o’ livin’; Fer we never knowed she’d driven Into us so much content, Till fair Jessica ...

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The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan by Ellis Parker Butler

The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan by Ellis Parker Butler

A sinner was old Captain Dan; His wives guv him no rest: He had one wife to East Skiddaw And one to Skiddaw West. Now Ann Eliza was the name Of her at East Skiddaw; She ...

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Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Ii: by Ellis Parker Butler

Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Ii: by Ellis Parker Butler

Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures The cruelty of P. L. Brown— (He had ten toes as good as mine) Was known to every one in town, ...

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A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy by Ellis Parker Butler

A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy by Ellis Parker Butler

Oh! Montmorency Vere de Vere, To think that one I held so dear Should use a base deceiver’s art To trifle with my loving heart. A brand new ten-cent valentine With lace and ...

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How’D You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler

How’D You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler

Well, then! How'd you like to bear the name of ButlerAs an honor badge eight centuries at least,And then have the Prohibitionists inform youThat a butler is a sort of outlawed ...

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Why I Went To The Foot by Ellis Parker Butler

Why I Went To The Foot by Ellis Parker Butler

Was ever a maiden so worried?I’ll admit I am partial to Jim,For Jimmie has promised to wed meWhen I’m old enough to wed him.But then I love teacher, too, dearly,She’s always so ...

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A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler

A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler

When first we met she seemed so whiteI feared her;As one might near a spirit brightI neared her;An angel pure from heaven aboveI dreamed her,And far too good for human loveI ...

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A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister by Ellis Parker Butler

A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister by Ellis Parker Butler

A Scotchman whose name was IsbisterHad a maiden giraffe he called 'sister'When she said 'Oh, be mine,Be my sweet Valentine!'He just shinned up her long neck and kissed her.

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A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler

A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler

In our dainty little kitchen,Where my aproned wife is queenOver all the tin-pan people,In a realm exceeding clean,Oft I like to loiter, watchingWhile she mixes things for tea;And ...

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A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler

A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler

A merry burgomasterIn a burgh upon the RhineSaid, 'Our burghers all areFar too fond of drinking wine.'So the merry burgomaster,When the burgomasters met,Bade them look into the ...

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At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler

At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler

When with me the play she goes,I much admire the buds and bowsAnd all that on Kate’s headgear grows.But when some other night I seeThat hat between the stage and me,My taste and ...

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To Lovers by Ellis Parker Butler

To Lovers by Ellis Parker Butler

Ho, ye lovers, list to me; Warning words have I for thee: Give ye heed, hefore ye wed, To this thing Sir Chaucer said: "Love wol not be constrained by maistrie, When maistrie ...

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Jabed Meeker, Humorist by Ellis Parker Butler

Jabed Meeker, Humorist by Ellis Parker Butler

Twain? Oh, yes, I’ve heard Mark TwainHeard him down to Pleasant Plain;Funny? Yes, I guess so. FolksSeemed to laugh loud at his jokes—Laughed to beat the band; but ICouldn’t ...

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The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler

The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler

A full-fledged gun cannot endureThe trifling of an amateur;Poor marksmanship its temper spoilsAnd this is why the gun recoils.A self-respecting gun I’m sureDelights to jar the ...

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The Golf Walk by Ellis Parker Butler

The Golf Walk by Ellis Parker Butler

Behold, my child, this touching scene,The golfer on the golfing-green;Pray mark his legs’ uncanny swing,The golf-walk is a gruesome thing!See how his arms and shoulders rideAbove ...

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Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler

Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler

Cupid on a summer day,Wearied by unceasing play,In a rose heart sleeping lay,While, to guard the tricksy fellow,Close above the fragrant bedBack and forth a gruff bee sped,And, to ...

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The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler

The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler

They hide in the brook when I seek to draw nearer,Laughing amain when I feign to depart;Often I hear them, now faint and now clearer—Innocent bold or so sweetly discreet.Are they ...

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Immortality by Ellis Parker Butler

Immortality by Ellis Parker Butler

I bowed my head in anguish soreWhen Life made Death his bride;'Soul, we are lost forever more!'Unto my soul I cried.'Nay, waste in wailing not thy breath,'My soul replied to ...

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A Pastoral by Ellis Parker Butler

A Pastoral by Ellis Parker Butler

Just as the sun was settingBack of the Western hillsGrandfather stood by the windowEating the last of his pills.And Grandmother, by the cupboard,Knitting, heard him say:'I ought ...

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Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler

Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler

Mary had a little frogAnd it was water-soaked,But Mary did not keep it longBecause, of course, it croaked!

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Judgment Day by Ellis Parker Butler

Judgment Day by Ellis Parker Butler

Saint Peter stood, at Heaven's gate,All souls claims to adjudicateSaying to some souls, 'Enter in!''Go to Hell,' to others, 'you are steeped in sin.'When up from earth, with a ...

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A Question by Ellis Parker Butler

A Question by Ellis Parker Butler

Whene’er I feed the barnyard folkMy gentle soul is vexed;My sensibilities are tornAnd I am sore perplexed.The rooster so politely standsWhile waiting for his food,But when I feed ...

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Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler

Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler

O wonderful! In sport we climbed the tree,Eager and laughing, as in all our play,To see the eggs where, in the nest, they lay,But silent fell before the mystery.For, one brief ...

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No Beer, No Work by Ellis Parker Butler

No Beer, No Work by Ellis Parker Butler

The shades of night was fallin’ slowAs through New York a guy did goAnd nail on ev’ry barroom doorA card that this here motter bore:'No beer, no work.'His brow was sad, his mouth ...

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Why Washington Retreated by Ellis Parker Butler

Why Washington Retreated by Ellis Parker Butler

1775Said Congress to George Washington:"To set this country free,You'll have to whip the BritishersAnd chase them o'er the sea.""Oh, very well," said Washington,"I'll do the best ...

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Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler

Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler

I want to know how Bernard ShawLikes beefsteak—fairly done, or raw?I want to know what kinds of shoesM. Maeterlinck and Howells use.I have great curiosityRegarding George Ade’s ...

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Would You Believe It? by Ellis Parker Butler

Would You Believe It? by Ellis Parker Butler

One year ago I wished that IA banker great might beWith a hundred million dollarsAnd financial majesty;A mighty Wall Street bankerWith a whopping lot of powerAnd an income of ...

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New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler

New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler

Upon Bottle Miche the autre dayWhile yet the nuit was early,Je met a homme whose barbe was grey,Whose cheveaux long and curly.'Je am a poete, sir,' dit he,'Je live where tres ...

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To Phyllis And May by Ellis Parker Butler

To Phyllis And May by Ellis Parker Butler

O! fair, sweet Phyllis and sweet, fair May,Which of you carried my heart away?Who has my heart? I would like to knowWhich was the guilty one of the two,But I only know it was ...

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Says Mister Doojabs by Ellis Parker Butler

Says Mister Doojabs by Ellis Parker Butler

Well, eight months ago one clear cold day,I took a ramble up Broadway,And with my hands behind my backI strolled along on the streetcar track—(I walked on the track, for walking ...

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Ridden Down by Ellis Parker Butler

Ridden Down by Ellis Parker Butler

When I taught Ida how to ride aBicycle that night,I ran beside her, just to guide herErring wheel aright;And many times there in the streetShe rode upon my weary feet.But now can ...

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Night In The City by Ellis Parker Butler

Night In The City by Ellis Parker Butler

The sluggish clouds hang low upon the town, And from yon lamp in chilled and sodden rays The feeble light gropes through the heavy mist And dies, extinguished in the ...

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Western by Ellis Parker Butler

Western by Ellis Parker Butler

The Cowboy had a sterling heart,The Maiden was from Boston,The Rancher saw his wealth depart—The Steers were what he lost on.The Villain was a banker’s limb,His spats and cane ...

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Djolan by Ellis Parker Butler

Djolan by Ellis Parker Butler

Soft was the night, the eve how airy,When through the big, fat dictionaryI wandered on in careless ease,And read the a's, b's, c's and d's!But stop! What is this form I ...

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Circumstantial Evidence by Ellis Parker Butler

Circumstantial Evidence by Ellis Parker Butler

She does not mind a good cigar(The kind, that is, I smoke);She thinks all men quite stupid are,(But laughs whene’er I joke).She says she does not care for verse(But praises all I ...

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Dogs by Ellis Parker Butler

Dogs by Ellis Parker Butler

Dogs is mighty useful beastsThey might seem bad at firstThey might seem worser right alongBut when they're deadThey're wurst.

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A Minute by Ellis Parker Butler

A Minute by Ellis Parker Butler

She plucked a blossom fair to see;Upon my coat I let her pin it;And thus we stood beneath the treeA minute.She turned her smiling face to me;I saw a roguish sweetness in it;I ...

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The Poor Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler

The Poor Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler

Observe, my child, this pretty scene,And note the air of pleasure keenWith which the widow’s orphan boyToots his tin horn, his only toy.What need of costly gifts has he?The widow ...

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Anticipation by Ellis Parker Butler

Anticipation by Ellis Parker Butler

I hold her letter as I stand,Nor break the seal; no need to guessWhat dainty little female handPenned this most delicate address.The scented seal—I break it not,But stand in ...

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Golden Silence by Ellis Parker Butler

Golden Silence by Ellis Parker Butler

I told her I loved her and begged but a word,One dear little word, that would beFor me by all odds the most sweet ever heard,But never a word said she!I raged at her then, and I ...

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October by Ellis Parker Butler

October by Ellis Parker Butler

The forest holds high carnival to-day, And every hill-side glows with gold and fire; Ivy and sumac dress in colors gay, And oak and maple mask in bright attire. The hoarded ...

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The Charge Of The Second Iowa Cavalry by Ellis Parker Butler

The Charge Of The Second Iowa Cavalry by Ellis Parker Butler

Comrades, many a year and dayHave fled since that glorious 9th of MayWhen we made the charge at Farmington.But until our days on earth are doneOur blood will burn and our hearts ...

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Outbid by Ellis Parker Butler

Outbid by Ellis Parker Butler

When Cupid held an auction sale,I hastened to his mart,For I had heard that he would sellThe blue-eyed Dora’s heart.I brought a wealth of truest love,The most that I could ...

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To G. M. W. And G. F. W. by Ellis Parker Butler

To G. M. W. And G. F. W. by Ellis Parker Butler

Whenas—(I love that 'whenas' word—It shows I am a poet, too,)Q. Horace Flaccus gaily stirredThe welkin with his tra-la-loo,He little thought one donkey’s backWould carry thus a ...

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Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels by Ellis Parker Butler

Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels by Ellis Parker Butler

(with apologies to Frederic Taber Cooper)I well recall (and who does not)The circus bill-board hippopotamus,whose wide distended jawsFor fear and terror were good cause.That ...

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The Wood Nymph by Ellis Parker Butler

The Wood Nymph by Ellis Parker Butler

A glint of her hair or a flash of her shoulder —That is the most I can boast to have seen,Then all is lost as the shadows enfold her,Forest glades making a screen of their ...

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The Daughter Of The Year by Ellis Parker Butler

The Daughter Of The Year by Ellis Parker Butler

Nature, when she made thee, dear,Begged the treasures of the year.For thy cheeks, all pink and white,Spring gave apple blossoms light;Summer, for thy matchless eyes,Gave the azure ...

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The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler

The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler

The Whale is found in seas and oceans,Indulging there in fishlike motions,But Science shows that Whales are mammals,Like Jersey cows, and goats, and camels.When undisturbed, the ...

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