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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
A Merry, Blue-Eyed Laddie
College Humor
 
Juliet Wilbur Tompkins, in “The Vassar Miscellany”

A MERRY, blue-eyed laddie goes laughing through the town,
  Singing, “Hey, but the world is a gay, gay place!”
And every little lassie smooths her tumbled locks a-down,
And brings out all her dimples and hides away her frown,
  And lays aside her broom and mop, the bonnie boy to chase,        5
  Singing, “Hey, but the world is a gay, gay place!”
 
But away the blue-eyed laddie goes to seek another town,
  Singing, “Hey, but the world is a gay, gay place!”
Then every dimple vanishes, and back comes every frown,
And every little lassie folds away her Sunday gown,        10
  With tear-drops trickling sadly down her woful little face,
  Sighing, “Hey, but the world is a sad, sad place!”
 
 
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