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POETRY AND FROZEN MEAT

A. Wellington resident recently forwarded a frozen lamb to a friend m Dundee, hoping it wou d arrive m time for use on Barns' birthday It did 'not arrive till some daya afterwards. The following amusing poetical acknowledgment has been received. Probably thie is the first time that the merits of our frozen meat have b»en done tribute tp.iu'verae, DhAR&IR,--: '. i: ■"]": At last! At last! There oam' ; •■■•■* The now historic v Frozen Lam." On Thursday, March the twenty- first, ; Its goodly form upon us burst. Frae nook to whaur the tail aincehung, As plump as ony Cheviot sprung, A bonnie oorp traa far New Zealand, Exoellin' a' that we ca 1 Hieland. He maun hae been a noble ram, Wha faithered oio a dainty lam,' Tojadgeby Bhape an' toothsome taste, He maun hae been a noble beast, . i Weel fit to win the ohiefest priz9, • ' For breadin' power and vast o 1 thighs, Jean viewed his offspring wl* surprise. An' thocht on roasts an 1 mutton pies.) Eolipsin' a 1 Pie Smith e'er made, Too' he wat Pilot o' the trade, An' gae Dundee a pioua came As great as " Jeehe " Keiller'a fame. It was indeed an uaoo treat, ' To aae ns a 1 the lamble* eatr^ • ' A feast that e/en a king wad please, ' Wi 1 tatlei, mint, an' some green pease, v Ana s guld things should aye be Bpread, Some ither f reeas upon it fed. '. Th 1 Antipodean oreatur served To bring forth pralaea weal deserved, A' marvelled at steam's victories wrooht, Hoo dlatancen were rendered noohtt That sheep fed on New Zealand's slopes Wad e'er bo sold m British shops :. • . Wad hae astonished bygane bodioa, Wha wad hae oa'd us c<razy cuddies. Had we been tell't o' this at schule, We wad hae deemed tha chield a fule, But greater wonder* yet wj'H sco Era man fulfils hla dasHny. We feasted (ill oar j twa were taxed. We feasted till our kytes,. were yaxed.; Till Btaya were Hpfit'qn' whftlebanoi bent, Tili waistbands o' tho drawers wore rent, Till frae the breeka fl w moDy a button Benea'h the prt sure o f the mutton, Till Ilka knife a Y ilka fork Thocht ehani.e o 1 tko lawman' work. ; Theu a' owrecnrae an' like to dwam, W« bleat New Zealand's glorious lam. Syce wi 1 a face as lang'a the fender I Booht a blessin' on the sender. ■ • Noo if your lug should ring gey sair, Some angel's toll in' ye that prayer, An' tUankin' ye m words far hotter Than only m this rhymin letter, For 89ndln' to onr uorlan' hallan, A frozanlam' to . Wjvj: Allan. . 25th March, 1889 —(« Post.")

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POETRY AND FROZEN MEAT Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2145, 7 June 1889

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