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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
The Low-Backed Car
Samuel Lover (1797–1868)
 
WHEN first I saw sweet Peggy,
  ’T was on a market day:
A low-backed car she drove, and sat
  Upon a truss of hay;
And when that hay was blooming grass        5
  And decked with flowers of spring
No flower was there that could compare
  With the blooming girl I sing.
As she sat in the low-backed car,
The man at the turnpike bar        10
    Never asked for the toll,
    But just rubbed his ould poll,
And looked after the low-backed car.
 
In battle’s wild commotion,
  The proud and mighty Mars        15
With hostile scythes demands his tithes
  Of death in warlike cars;
While Peggy, peaceful goddess,
  Has darts in her bright eye,
That knock men down in the market town,        20
  As right and left they fly;
While she sits in her low-backed car,
Than battle more dangerous far,—
    For the doctor’s art
    Cannot cure the heart        25
That is hit from that low-backed car.
 
Sweet Peggy round her car, sir,
  Has strings of ducks and geese,
But the scores of hearts she slaughters
  By far outnumber these;        30
While she among her poultry sits,
  Just like a turtle-dove,
Well worth the cage, I do engage,
  Of the blooming god of Love!
While she sits in the low-backed car,        35
The lovers come near and far,
    And envy the chicken
    That Peggy is pickin’,
As she sits in the low-backed car.
 
O, I ’d rather own that car, sir,        40
  With Peggy by my side,
Than a coach and four, and gold galore.
  And a lady for my bride;
For a lady would sit forninst me,
  On a cushion made with taste,—        45
While Peggy would sit beside me,
  With my arm around her waist,
While we drove in the low-backed car,
To be married by Father Mahar;
    O, my heart would beat high        50
    At her glance and her sigh,—
Though it beat in a low-backed car!
 
 
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