Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A CATCH, by RICHARD HENRY STODDARD

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First Line: Once the head is gray
Last Line: Deep down under ground.

ONCE the head is gray,
And the heart is dead,
There's no more to do:
Make the man a bed
Six foot under ground,
There he'll slumber sound.

Golden was my hair,
And my heart did beat
To the viol's voice
Like the dancers' feet.
Not colder now his blood
Who died before the flood.

Fair, and fond, and false,
Mother, wife, and maid,
Never lived a man
They have not betrayed.
None shall 'scape my mirth
But old Mother Earth.

Safely housed with her,
With no company
But my brother Worm,
Who will feed on me,
I shall slumber sound,
Deep down under ground.

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