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95. an Elegy on the death of a mad dog.

Good people all, of every sort,
     Give ear unto my song;
And if you find it wondrous short,
     It cannot hold you long.

In Washington there was a man,1
     Of whom the world might say,
That still a godly race he ran
     Whene'er he went to pay.2

A kind and gentle heart he had,
     To comfort friends and foes;
The naked every day he clad--
     When he put on his clothes.3

And in that town a dog4 was found--
     As many dogs there be--
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound,
     And curs of low degree.

This dog and man at first were friends,
     But when a pique began,
The dog, to gain his private ends,
     Went mad, and bit the man.5

[75] Around, from all the neighboring streets,6
     The wondering neighbors ran,
And swore the dog had lost his wits,
     To bite so good a man.

The wound, it seemed both sore and sad
     To every Christian eye ;7
And while they swore the dog was mad,
     They swore the man would die.

But soon a wonder came to light,
     That showed the rogues they lied--
The man recovered of the bite,
     The dog it was that died.

1 This man is our dear old Uncle Sam, a good old fellow in the main.

2 Variation--“Would always work and pay.”

3 Variation--“With cotton underclothes.”

4 It is not known what dog is meant here; many think that President Buchanan is without doubt alluded to, but they forget the claim of Floyd. The question at this late day will have to be left in doubt. Had the author said old hound, no doubt would exist--“curs of low degree,” however, would include all secession.

5 The dog crept up and sneakingly bit Uncle Sam deep.

6 Evidently a misprint. It should be “states” ; but we do not like to take liberties with the writing of others, and leave the line without alteration.

7 Vide several different London Timeses, and other kind “friends in council.”

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