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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
 
Humorous Poems: II. Miscellaneous
Morning Meditations
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
LET Taylor preach, upon a morning breezy,
How well to rise while nights and larks are flying—
For my part, getting up seems not so easy
            By half as lying.
 
What if the lark does carol in the sky,        5
Soaring beyond the sight to find him out,—
Wherefore am I to rise at such a fly?
            I ’m not a trout.
 
Talk not to me of bees and such-like hums,
The smell of sweet herbs at the morning prime,—        10
Only lie long enough, and bed becomes
            A bed of time.
 
To me Dan Phœbus and his car are naught,
His steeds that paw impatiently about,—
Let them enjoy, say I, as horses ought,        15
            The first turn-out!
 
Right beautiful the dewy meads appear
Besprinkled by the rosy-fingered girl;
What then,—if I prefer my pillow-beer
            To early pearl?        20
 
My stomach is not ruled by other men’s,
And, grumbling for a reason, quaintly begs
Wherefore should master rise before the hens
            Have laid their eggs?
 
Why from a comfortable pillow start        25
To see faint flushes in the east awaken?
A fig, say I, for any streaky part,
            Excepting bacon.
 
An early riser Mr. Gray has drawn,
Who used to haste the dewy grass among,        30
“To meet the sun upon the upland lawn,”—
            Well,—he died young.
 
With charwomen such early hours agree,
And sweeps that earn betimes their bit and sup;
But I ’m no climbing boy, and need not be        35
            All up,—all up!
 
So here I lie, my morning calls deferring,
Till something nearer to the stroke of noon;—
A man that ’s fond precociously of stirring
            Must be a spoon.        40
 
 
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