Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, GIDEON'S BAND, by LEVI BISHOP

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First Line: Oh, what is this unearthly noise
Last Line: For every dog must have his day.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Life; Music & Musicians

Oh, what is this unearthly noise,
That sends affright thro' all the city!
They call it music -- jovial boys,
Just throwing off a lively ditty.

The coach a sorry dragon seems;
The grays their every rib may tell;
Ill-favored kine of Phar'oh's dreams,
Would scarce be found a parallel.

The idle crowd will stand and gaze,
The untied horses start and run;
The dogs will howl as in a maze,
The wags pronounce it best of fun.

A din of sounds -- a wild confusion,
From horn and trombone madly flung;
To quiet life a rude intrusion,
Yet "b'hoys" must "go it" while unhung.

Then lash the horses to a trot,
And bang away in loudest thunder --
No matter who is pleased or not --
Till every ear is split asunder.

Let stunning echoes rend the air,
Let every pipe send forth a bray;
Blow hard, no matter how or where,
For every dog must have his day.

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