Psalm of Life, A
DESCRIPTION: "Tell me not in mournful numbers Life is but an empty dream, Chickens in their fitful slumbers, Are by no means what they seem." "Egg thou art and egg remainest." "Trust no hawk however pleasant." They leave "Hen tracks in the sand of time."
AUTHOR: unknown (parody of a Longfellow poem)
EARLIEST DATE: 1858 (Journal of the Pavilion)
KEYWORDS: chickens derivative humorous death bird home
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Huntington-Gam, pp. 315-316, "A Psalm of Life" (1 text, 2 tunes)
NOTES [28 words]: Unlike most parodies, this one is genuinely funny. I'm amazed no one has picked it up.
This is, of course, a parody of Longfellow's "A Song of Life" (published 1838). - RBW
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