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A Wall-Street Lyric.

George Pope Morris 1802 (Philadelphia) – 1864

John was thought both rich and great--
Dick so-so, but comfortable:
John lived at a splendid rate--
Coach and horses in his stable.
John could ride when Dick should walk--
(This excited people's talk!)--
For John's wealth, Dick's rugged health
Few would exchange if they were able!
 
Dick was friendly years ago--
With ingratitude John paid him:
Dick found this was always so
When John had a chance to aid him.
John still cut a brilliant dash,
While he could command the cash,
But for Dick, whom John would kick,
At last a change of luck has made him!
 
John, 'tis said, is "bound" to lose
Lots by rail, and 'bus, and cable!
And the banks his notes refuse,
Now they think his state unstable.
This may be a story strange
Of the bulls and bears on 'change,
Where the truth, in age and youth,
Is often a poetic fable!
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George Pope Morris

George Pope Morris was one of the founders of The New York Mirror and for a time its editor He is best known as the author of the poem Woodman Spare That Tree and other poems and songs The Little Frenchman and His Water Lots 1839 the first story in the present volume is selected not because Morris was especially prominent in the field of the short story or humorous prose but because of this single storys representative character Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 follows with The Angel of the Odd October 1844 Columbian Magazine perhaps the best of his humorous stories The System of Dr Tarr and Prof Fether November 1845 Grahams Magazine may be rated higher but it is not essentially a humorous story Rather it is incisive satire with too biting an undercurrent to pass muster in the company of the genial in literature Poes humorous stories as a whole have tended to belittle rather than increase his fame many of them verging on the inane There are some however which are at least excellent fooling few more than that more…

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