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Thr'iugh a, barnyard late I chanced to sirnll, Where chickens and ducks abound : Wher« geese and turkeys were on pat re.| ; Or scattered in groups around: t heard a gobbler, fat and sjerk .'.nd 'twas thus he made hi' moan: '''Some silly pair in another week May be pulling my wishing bone. "On Murphy'': ranch I was born and bred. And came of a fine old stock; Bv Murphv's hand I was potted and fed 'Till r si'riiticd before the Mock. See. I'm a bird of distinguished air, A fowl of culture and tone! Alts! Alas', that some lovesick pair May be pulling my wishing bone. "A burly butcher e,nue y&stere'en. With a dark and brutal eye. All! well I know what such visits mean Tliev mean that. 1 soon must- die. Mv heart- i*- heavy enough to break, And almost, turns to stone. To think that some fools in another week May be pulling my wishing bone. "A!i! once I ihought, in my young cen.-cit. That Murphy loved me well: Bui now I know, when i( is too late, He pampered me but to sell. O why should gobblers be the bite A'iri fodder of stunid drones 0 And why do filly ones take d"lighi Tn pulling their wishing bones ■ "T dodged the call on SI. Martin's Eve, Ami count «1 ihe aei no crime: But now I know there'.- no reprieve For me at Ohrinnias time. This head of mine will be cut off. And out, on the wasie pile thrown. While some lovesick pair will joke and laugh While nulling my wishing hone.''

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THE GOBBLER'S LAMENT., Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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THE GOBBLER'S LAMENT. Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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