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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
570. Falstaff’s Song
By Edmund Clarence Stedman
WHERE ’S he that died o’ Wednesday?
  What place on earth hath he?
A tailor’s yard beneath, I wot,
  Where worms approaching be;
For the wight that died o’ Wednesday,        5
  Just laid the light below,
Is dead as the varlet turned to clay
  A score of years ago.
Where ’s he that died o’ Sabba’ day?
  Good Lord, I ’d not be he!        10
The best of days is foul enough
  From this world’s fare to flee;
And the saint that died o’ Sabba’ day,
  With his grave turf yet to grow,
Is dead as the sinner brought to pray        15
  A hundred years ago.
Where ’s he that died o’ yesterday?
  What better chance hath he
To clink the can and toss the pot
  When this night’s junkets be?        20
For the lad that died o’ yesterday
  Is just as dead—ho! ho!—
As the whoreson knave men laid away
  A thousand years ago.


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