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Poem by Royall Tyler


A Love Song


By the fierce flames of Love I'm in a sad taking,
I'm singed like a pig that is hung up for bacon,
My stomach is scorched like an over-done mutton-chop,
That for want of gravy wont afford a single drop.
Love, love, love is like a dizziness,
Wont let a poor man go about his business.

My great toes and little toes are burnt to a cinder,
As a hot burning-glass burns a dish-cloth to tinder,
As cheese by a hot salamander is roasted,
By beauty that's red-hot, like a cheese am I toasted.
Love, love, love is like a dizziness,
Wont let a poor man go about his business.

Attend all young lovers, who after ladies dandle,
I'm singed like a duck's foot over a candle,
By this that and t'other, I'm treated uncivil,
Like a gizzard I'm peppered, and then made a devil.
Love, love, love is like a dizziness,
Wont let a poor man go about his business. 



Royall Tyler


Royall Tyler's other poems:
  1. Convivial Song for General Morris
  2. Ode to Night Yalden's Ode
  3. The Death Song of Alknomook
  4. A Christmas Hymn Sung in the Episcopal Church at Claremont on the Anniversary of That Festival Decem
  5. Original Epitaph on a Drunkard


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • David Lawrence A Love Song ("Reject me not if I should say to you")
  • Clarence Dennis A Love Song ("O! Hernia! My hernia")

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