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Poem by Henry Livingston


A Tenant of Mrs. Van Kleeck


My very good landlady, Mistress Van Kleeck,
(For the tears that oerwhelm me I scarcely can speak)
I know that I promisd you hogs two or three
(But who knows his destiny? Certain not me!)
That I promisd three hogs I dont mean to deny
(I can prove that I had five or six upon sty.)
Three hogs did I say? Three sows I say then
Pon honour I neer had a male upon pen.

Well Madam, the long and the short of the clatter
For mumbling & mincing will not better the matter;
And murder and truth, my dear mammy wd say
By some means or other forever saw day;
And Daddy himself, as we chopd in the wood,
Would often observe that lying wasnt good.
Tell truth, my sweet fellow, no matter who feels it,
It neer can do hurt to the man who reveals it.
But stop! While my Daddy and Mammys the subject
I am running aside the original object --
The sows, my sweet madam, the sows I repeat,
Which you and your household expected to eat,
Instead of attending their corn and their swill
Gave way to an ugly he-sows wicked will.
When twill end your good ladyship need not be told,
For Nature is still as she hath been of old,
And when he cries YES mortal may not cry NO -
So Madam, farewell, with my holliday bow.



Henry Livingston


Henry Livingston's other poems:
  1. Acknowledgement
  2. On My Sister Joannas Entrance into Her 33rd Year
  3. To the Memory of Sarah Livingston
  4. To the Memory of Henry Welles Livingston
  5. Dialogue


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