Verse > Anthologies > Fuess and Stearns, eds. > The Little Book of Society Verse
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
 
The Bachelor’s Dream
By Thomas Hood
 
MY pipe is lit, my grog is mixed,
My curtains drawn and all is snug;
Old Puss is in her elbow-chair,
And Tray is sitting on the rug.
Last night I had a curious dream,        5
Miss Susan Bates was Mistress Mogg—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
She looked so fair, she sang so well,
I could but woo and she was won;        10
My self in blue, the bride in white,
The ring was placed, the deed was done!
Away we went in chaise-and-four,
As fast as grinning boys could flog—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?        15
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
What loving tête-à-têtes to come!
But tête-à-têtes must still defer!
When Susan came to live with me,
Her mother came to live with her!        20
With Sister Belle she could n’t part,
But all my ties had leave to jog—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
The mother brought a pretty Poll—        25
A monkey too, what work he made!
The sister introduced a beau—
My Susan brought a favorite maid.
She had a tabby of her own,—
A snappish mongrel christened Gog—        30
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
The monkey bit—the parrot screamed,
All day the sister strummed and sung;
The petted maid was such a scold!        35
My Susan learned to use her tongue;
Her mother had such wretched health,
She sate and croaked like any frog—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?        40
 
No longer Deary, Duck, and Love,
I soon came down to simple “M!”
The very servants crossed my wish,
My Susan let me down to them.
The poker hardly seemed my own,        45
I might as well have been a log—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
My clothes they were the queerest shape!
Such coats and hats she never met!        50
My ways they were the oddest ways!
My friends were such a vulgar set!
Poor Tomkinson was snubbed and huffed,
She could not bear that Mister Blogg—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?        55
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
At times we had a spar, and then
Mamma must mingle in the song—
The sister took a sister’s part—
The maid declared her master wrong—        60
The parrot learned to call me “Fool!”
My life was like a London fog—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
My Susan’s taste was superfine,        65
As proved by bills that had no end;
I never had a decent coat—
I never had a coin to spend!
She forced me to resign my club,
Lay down my pipe, retrench my grog—        70
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
Each Sunday night we gave a rout
To fops and flirts, a pretty list;
And when I tried to steal away,        75
I found my study full of whist!
Then, first to come, and last to go,
There always was a Captain Hogg—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?        80
 
Now was not that an awful dream
For one who single is and snug—
With Pussy in the elbow-chair,
And Tray reposing on the rug?
If I must totter down the hill,        85
’T is safest done without a clog—
What d’ ye think of that, my cat?
What d’ ye think of that, my dog?
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors