Benjamin Franklin King

How Often

Benjamin Franklin King Jr. was an American humorist and poet whose work published under the names Ben King or the pseudonym Bow Hackley achieved notability in his lifetime and afterwards. According to a short biography by Opie Read, as a child he was reputed a piano prodigy; in adult life he was by…






They stood on the bridge at midnight,
  In a park not far from town;
  They stood on the bridge at midnight
  Because they didn't sit down.
  The moon rose o'er the city
  Behind the dark church spire;
  The moon rose o'er the city
  And kept on rising higher.
  How often, oh! how often
  They whispered words so soft;
  How often, oh! how often,
  How often, oh! how oft.

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