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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Songs from ‘An Island in The Moon’
XII. O, I say, you Joe
 
O, 1 I say, you Joe,
Throw us the ball!
I’ve a good mind to go
And leave you all.
I never saw such a bowler        5
To bowl the ball in a tansy,
And to clean it with my hankercher
Without saying a word.
 
That Bill’s a foolish fellow;
He has given me a black eye.        10
He does not know how to handle a bat
Any more than a dog or a cat:
He has knock’d down the wicket,
And broke the stumps,
And runs without shoes to save his pumps.        15
 
Note 1. XII] Sung by Tilly Lally, a schoolboy, MS., chap. xi. [back]
 
 
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