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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Carolyn Wells. 1869–
 
48. A Penitential Week
 
THE week had gloomily begun 
For Willie Weeks, a poor man's 
                    SUN. 
  
He was beset with bill and dun, 
And he had very little         5
                    MON. 
  
"This cash," said he, "won't pay my dues, 
I've nothing here but ones and 
                    TUES." 
  
A bright thought struck him, and he said:  10
"The rich Miss Goldrocks I will 
                    WED." 
  
But when he paid his court to her, 
She lisped, but firmly said: "No, 
                    THUR."  15
  
"Alas," said he, "then I must die! 
Although hereafter I may 
                    FRI." 
  
They found his gloves, and coat, and hat; 
The Coroner upon them  20
                    SAT. 
 
 
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