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TO A THESAURUS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O precious codex, volume, tome
Last Line: Farewell! Adieu! Good-by! So long!
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Language; Thesaurus; Words; Vocabulary


O precious code, volume, tome,
Book, writing, compilation, work,
Attend the while I pen a pome,
A jest, a jape, a quip, a quirk.

For I would pen, engross, indite,
Transcribe, set forth, compose, address,
Record, submit -- yea, even write
An ode, an elegy to bless --

To bless, set store by, celebrate,
Approve, esteem, endow with soul,
Commend, acclaim, appreciate,
Immortalize, laud, praise, extol

Thy merit, goodness, value, worth,
Expedience, utility --
O manna, honey, salt of the earth,
I sing, I chant, I worship thee!

How could I manage, live, exist,
Obtain, produce, be real, prevail,
Be present in the flesh, subsist,
Have place, become, breathe or inhale,

Without thy help, recruit, support,
Opitulation, furtherance,
Assistance, rescue, aid, resort,
Favor, sustension and advance?

Alack! Alack! and well-a-day!
My case would then be dour and sad,
Likewise distressing, dismal, gray,
Pathetic, mournful, dreary, bad.

Though I could keep this up all day,
This lyric, elegiac song,
Meseems hath come the time to say
Farewell! Adieu! Good-by! So long!





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