AS sound as a nut, o'er the plain
I of late whistled, chock full of glee;
A stranger to sorrow and pain,
As happy, as happy could be.
As plump as a partridge I grew,
My heart being lighter than cork;
My slumbers were calmer than dew!
My body was fatter than pork.
Thus happy I hop'd I should pass,
Sleek as grease down the current of time;
But pleasures are brittle as glass,
Although as a fiddle, there fine.
Jemima, the pride of the vale,
Like a top, nimbly danc'd o'er our plains;
With envy the lasses were pale--
With wonder stood gaping the swains.
She smil'd like a basket of chips--
As tall as a hay-pole her size--
As sweet as molasses her lips--
As bright as a button her eyes.
Admiring I gaz'd on each charm,
My peace that would trouble so soon,
And thought not of danger nor harm,
Any more than the man in the moon.
But now to my sorrow I find,
Her heart is as hard as a brick;
To my passion forever unkind,
Tho' of passion I'm full as a tic.
I sought her affection to win,
In hopes of obtaining relief,
Till I like a hatchet grew thin,
And she like a haddock grew deaf.
I late was as fat as a doe,
And playsome and spry as a cat;
But now I am dull as a hoe,
And lean and as weak as a rat.
Unless the unpitying fates
With passion as ardent shall cram her,
As certain of death or as rates,
I soon shall be dead as a hammer.