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October's Party
Posted by: Linda McBeath (---.tx-dallas0.sa.earthlink.net)
Date: October 04, 2004 06:31PM

WHEN I WAS IN FORTH GRADE SOME FORTY YEARS AGO MY TEACHER MADE US MEMORIZE A POEM. THE FIRST LINES WERE AS FOLLOWS.
OCTOBER GAVE A PARTY
THE LEAVES BY HUNDREDS CAME
THE CHESTNUT, OAK AND MAPLE AND LEAVES OF EVERY NAME
IF ANY ONE KNOWS OF THIS POEM I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO HAVE A COPY. IT IS ONE I WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO MY GRANDCHILDEN AND GRANDNIECES. THANKS
LINDA MCBEATH
NEWALLA, OKLAHOMA


Re: OCTOBER'S PARTY
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: October 04, 2004 07:18PM

Here you are.

October's Party

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came —
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”

- George Cooper
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Re: October's Party
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 05, 2004 01:41PM

I wonder if Leland pinched his from Cooper:

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HANS BREITMANN'S BARTY

by: Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903)

HANS BREITMANN gife a barty;
Dey had biano-blayin',
I felled in lofe mit a Merican frau,
Her name vas Madilda Yane.
She hat haar as prown ash a pretzel,
Her eyes vas himmel-plue,
Und vhen dey looket indo mine,
Dey shplit mine heart in dwo.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty,
I vent dere you'll pe pound;
I valtzet mit Matilda Yane,
Und vent shpinnen' round und round.
De pootiest Fraulein in de house,
She vayed 'pout dwo hoondred pound,
Und efery dime she gife a shoomp
She make de vindows sound.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty,
I dells you it cost him dear;
Dey rolled in more ash sefen kecks
Of foost-rate lager beer.
Und vhenefer dey knocks de shpicket in
De deutschers gifes a cheer;
I dinks dot so vine a barty
Nefer coom to a het dis year.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty;
Dere all vas Souse and Brouse,
Vhen de sooper comed in, de gompany
Did make demselfs to house;
Dey ate das Brot and Gensy broost,
De Bratwurst and Braten vine,
Und vash der Abendessen down
Mit four parrels of Neckarwein.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty;
Ve all cot troonk ash bigs.
I poot mine mout' to a parrel of beer,
Und emptied it oop mit a schwigs;
Und den I gissed Madilda Yane,
Und she shlog me on de kop,
Und de gompany vighted mit daple-lecks
Dill de coonshtable made oos shtop.

Hans Breitmann gife a barty --
Vhere ish dot barty now?
Vhere ish de lofely golden cloud
Dot float on de moundain's prow?
Vhere ish de himmelstrahlende stern --
De shtar of de shpirit's light?
All goned afay mit de lager beer --
Afay in de ewigkeit!


Poetry in such a vernacular was found humorous a while back. Surely in poor taste today, however. Not to mention being too hard to read!


Re: October's Party
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: October 05, 2004 08:09PM

How do we regard poems in the vernacular these days? I agree they're difficult to read and realy need to be recited, preferably by someone with the right accent.

If you standardise the spelling the poet's voice will be lost, if you don't the reader may be lost. So which way to go?


Re: October's Party
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 07, 2004 03:09PM

Ya mite be rite, nome sain?




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