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FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY.
(A Tragedy.)


I met him in a crowd;
As if with care twas weighted,
His shapely back was bowed,
His brow was corrugated.
I asked him, Why so pale?
What grief your soul has cankered?
And gleaned his painful tale
Over a friendly tankard.

Once, the sad wight began,
I knew not what the blues meant,
I was a genial man,
And never shirked amusement.
I shot, I rode, I rinked,
I trod the mazy measure,
My life, to be succinct,
Was one long round of pleasure.

In those delightful days
I do not mind confessing
That, if I had a craze,
It was for faultless dressing.
One nightit serves to show
How labor omnia vincit
I tied a perfect bow;
Ive not been happy since it.

I worked with watchful eye,
With fingers swift but wary,
It seemed a decent tie,
But not extraordinary.
But when at length I gazed,
To put the final clip in,
I staggered back amazed,
Ejaculating Rippin!

Oh, had I but the pen
That serves the inspired poet,
Id try to picture then,
With proper force and glow, it.
The billowy waves of white,
The folds, the spick-and-span knot;
Were I a bard, I might
But as it is, I cannot.

Suffice it to observe
That on minute inspection
It showed in every curve
The hall-mark of perfection.
The sort of tie which you
When wrapped in sweetest sleep occasionally view;
A tie to mark an epoch.

That night no peer I owned,
I carried all before me.
Societyhe moaned
United to adore me.
Whenever I passed by,
Men stopped their conversation,
Drank in that Perfect Tie
In silent adoration.

Since then the striking feat
(Such dreams the ambitious male lure)
Ive striven to repeat.
Result: completest failure.
Though toiling, as I say,
As much as blood and fleshll,
The bows I tie to-day
Are good, but nothing special.

So now my fellow-man
I shun, no matter who tis.
As far as mortal can,
I cut my social duties.
I seldom eat or rest,
I m gloomy, haggard, mirthless.
To one whos known the best,
All other things are worthless.

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