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but all is vanity
Posted by: Peter Stanwix (---.nt.tas.gov.au)
Date: March 01, 2004 01:38AM

I cannot recall the rest of the poem, some of words go something like this;

"But all is vanity all the way
as twighlight follows the close of day
and every cat in the twighlights grey
every possible cat"

I would appreciate information.


Peter S


Re: Name of Poem & Poet
Posted by: kevin (---.mw.client2.attbi.com)
Date: March 01, 2004 02:16AM

The poem is THE TORTOISESHELL CAT by Patrick Reginald Chalmers (first published in Punch magazine, 4 March 1914).


Re: but all is vanity
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: March 01, 2004 04:35PM

The Tortoiseshell Cat

The tortoiseshell cat
She sit on the mat
As gay as a sunflower she;
In orange and black you see her blink,
And her waistcoat's white, and her nose is pink
And her eyes are green of the sea.
But all is vanity, all the way;
Twilight's coming and close of day,
And every cat in the twilight's gray,
Every possible cat.


The tortoiseshell cat
She is smooth and fat,
And we call her Josephine,
Because she weareth upon her back
This coat of colors, this raven black,
This red of the tangerine.
But all is vanity, all the way;
Twilight follows the brightest day,
And every cat in the twilight's gray,
Every possible cat.


--Patrick Reginald Chalmers




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