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First Line: Old mike clancy went for a stroll
Last Line: "o! Sure, this day was fine,"" sez he."
Alternate Author Name(s): Daly, T. A.
Subject(s): Walking


OLD Mike Clancy went for a stroll,
An' warm an' clear was the sky,
But he came back home with clouds on his soul
An' a glint o' rain in his eye.

"Och! cold it is out there," sez he;
"The street's no place these days fur me;
Wid motors runnin' through the town
The way they're like to knock ye down,
Wid all the rush an' moidherin' noise,
The impudence of upstart boys.
An' girls, that walk as bold as brass,
An' l'ave small room fur ye to pass.
In twenty blocks, or mebbe more,
I saw no face I'd seen before,
Or care, indeed, to see agen!
W'at's come of all the dacent men,
The kindly friends, I use' to meet
In other days upon the street?
'Tis here at home's the place fur me;
Och! cold it is out there," sez he.

Old Mike Clancy went for a stroll,
An' cold an' gray was the sky,
But he came back home with warmth in his soul
An' a glint o' sun in his eye.

"O! sure, this day was fine," sez he,
"An' who d'ye think walked up to me?
A man I thought long dead -- Tim Kane!
Och! didn't we talk, there in the rain,
The soft, kind rain we use' to know --
O! not so very long ago --
An' didn't we have a dale to say?
He's eighty-two years old come May --
An' I'm no more than sivinty-nine!
An' didn't he stan' there straight an' fine?
It done me good, the look in his eye,
An' how he laughed an' slapped his thigh;
'I'm good,' sez he, 'fur ten years, too!'
An' faith I do believe it's true.
A man's as old as he feels, d'ye see? --
O! sure, this day was fine," sez he.





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