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A Border Ballad Analysis



Author: Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar Type: Poetry Views: 321

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Oh, I have n't got long to live, for we all

Die soon, e'en those who live longest;

And the poorest and weakest are taking their

chance

Along with the richest and strongest.

So it 's heigho for a glass and a song,

And a bright eye over the table,

And a dog for the hunt when the game is flush,

And the pick of a gentleman's stable.



There is Dimmock o' Dune, he was here yester-

night,

But he 's rotting to-day on Glen Arragh;

'T was the hand o' MacPherson that gave him

the blow,

And the vultures shall feast on his marrow.

But it 's heigho for a brave old song

And a glass while we are able;

Here 's a health to death and another cup

To the bright eye over the table.



I can show a broad back and a jolly deep chest,

But who argues now on appearance?

A blow or a thrust or a stumble at best

May send me to-day to my clearance.

Then it 's heigho for the things I love,

My mother 'll be soon wearing sable,

But give me my horse and my dog and my

glass,

And a bright eye over the table.





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