Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BOTTLING OF THE WASP, by CHARLES STUART CALVERLEY



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THE BOTTLING OF THE WASP, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The wasps were one morning obtrusively gay
Last Line: "in the healthy malt liquor that's sold at the ""crown."
Subject(s): Wasps; Yellow Jackets


THE wasps were one morning obtrusively gay:
Said my true love, "I know what'll speed them away:
From a nail, or a chairback, a bottle hang down,
And they're 'tree'd' -- the brave varmints that buzz round your crown!"

He hath found an old bottle, I cannot say where;
He hath bound it with skill to the back of a chair;
Full of mild ale so yellow and sugar so brown;
And he "tree'd" them by dozens, I bet you a crown.

They may talk of their hares, of their rabbits, and all,
Such round-headed rascals, in Westminster Hall.
But tell legislators, the things to put down
Are those queer little imps that encircle one's crown.

So here's to their health, when they next travel here:
The sugar's unrivalled, resistless the beer:
And in peace may they leave us, themselves while they drown
In the healthy malt liquor that's sold at the "Crown."





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