The Wooing o' t

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant 1864 (Bridgwater, Somerset) – 1902 (Pretoria)



He was a bachelor, gallant and gay
   She was a spinster prim -
Pretty and prim, with a wonderful way
   Which had captivated him.

Oh! well knew she what he wished to say,
   So - never frigid nor freezy -
Molly Maginnis managed that day
   To make his saying o' 't easy.

'Bob, I shall get you a wife,' said she,
   'Find some nice, dear girl for you;
Bob! please tell me the sort she must be,
   Shall her eyes be brown or blue?

'Must she be of the 'plump and the pleasing' sort?
   Will the 'slender and willowy' do?'
Here Robert the Bachelor, cutting her short,
   Said: 'She must be just like you!

'And to me, sweetheart, 'tis distinctly clear,
   There is none in the world like you.'

This fell in the fall of the finished year,
   They are married now in the New.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB ACAC DEDE FEFE GE GE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 758
Words 150
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant

Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant (born Edwin Henry Murrant, 9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, bush poet and military officer, who was convicted and executed for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. While serving with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lieutenant Morant was arrested and court-martialed for war crimes—one of the first such prosecutions in British military history. According to military prosecutors, Morant retaliated for the death in combat of his commanding officer with a series of revenge killings against both Boer POWs and many civilian residents of the Northern Transvaal. more…

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