This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...And if they ask who won your charms, Why say, "'t was in your nineteenth year!" THE BLUE BOAR. 'T is known to man, 'tis known to woman, 'T is known to all the world in common, How politics and party strife Vex public, even private, life; But till some days ago, at least, They never worried brutal beast. I wish you could have seen the creature, A tame domestic boar by nature, Gone wild as boar that ever grunted, By Baron Hoggerhausen hunted. His back was up, and on its ledge The bristles rose like quickset hedge; His eye was fierce and red as coal, Like furnace, shining through a hole, And restless turned for mischief seeking; His very hide with rage was reeking; And oft he gnashed his crooked tusks, Chewing his tongue instead of husks, Till all his jaw was white and yeasty, Showing him savage, fierce, and resty. And what had caused this mighty vapor V A dirty fragment of a paper, That in his rambles he had found, Lying neglected on the ground; A relic of the Morning Post, Two tattered columns at the most, But which our irritated swine (Derived from Learned Toby's line) Digested easy as his meals, Like any quidnunc Cit at Peel's. He read, and mused, and pored, and read, His shoulders shrugged, and shook his head; Now at a line he gave a grunt, But always came again to con it;In short, he petted up his passion, After a very human fashion, When Temper's worried with a bone, She 'll neither like nor let alone. At last his fury reached the pitch Of that most irritating itch, When mind and will, in fevered faction, Prompt blood and body into action;No matter what, so bone and muscle May vent the frenzy in a bustle; But whether by a fight or dance Is left to impulse or to chance. So stood the Boar, in furious mood Made up for anything but...
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