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LIMERICK

A POETESS LIVING IN TRIM,
POSSESSES A PECULIAR WHIM,
SHE WEARS A LARGE BONNET,
WHEN WRITING A SONNET,
AND A HELMET WHEN WRITING A HYMN.

Submitter comment: THESE LIMERICKS WERE LEARNED OF IN A SIXTH GRADE ENGLISH CLASS
AT SAINT HEDWIG GRADE SCHOOL. THE BOOK THEY WERE TAKED FROM
IS NOT KNOWN BY ME BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD BY THE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POETESS

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001960S

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE IN VERSE FORM

ALL ARE ARCHITECTS OF FATE,
WORKING IN THE WALLS OF TIME.
SOME WITH MASSIVE DEEDS OF GREAT,
SOME WITH ORNAMENTS OF RHYME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; OCCUPATIONS ; POETS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN OF SPOKANE
WHOSE VERSES WOULD NEVER SCAN.
WHEN TOLD THIS WAS SO,
HE SAID "YES, I KNOW,
BUT I ALWAYS TRY TO GET AS MANY WORDS IN THE LAST
LINE AS I CAN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALEXANDRINE FOR HUMOR ; POET ; PROSODY ; RHYME DICTATES PRONUNCIATION OF PLACE NAME ; RHYME: AABBA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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MULE IN THE BARNYARD TIRED AND SICK
BOY WITH A PIN ON THE END OF A STICK
BOY JABS MULE, MULE GIVES A LURCH
SERVICES MONDAY AT THE CORNER CHURCH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS A FAVORITE POEM RIDDLE OF HIS MOTHER'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT FRANCIS CLUB

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; INDIRECTION EUPHEMISM ; MISTREATMENT OF ANIMALS, PUNISHMENT FOR ; POETIC VUSTICE ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 03-20-1972

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WRITTEN VERSE

HAD I THE HEAVEN'S EMBRIODERD CLOTHS,
ENWROUGHT WITH GOLDEN AND SILVER LIGHT,
THE BLUE AND THE DIM AND THE DARK CLOTHS,
OF NIGHT AND LIGHT AND THE HALF LIGHT,
I WOULD SPREAD THE CLOTHS UNDER YOUR FEET,
BUT I, BEING POOR, HAVE ONLY MY DREAMS;
I HAVE SPREAD MY DREAMS UNDER YOUR FEET,
TREAD SOFTLY, BECAUSE YOU TREAD ON MY DREAMS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK WHEN SHE WAS
VISITING ENGLAND IN 1937.

Where learned: ENGLAND

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; SERIOUSNESS

James Callow Keyword(s): DREAMS ; FUNCTION ; METAPHOR ; POETIC DICTION ; REPETITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Tender sentiment

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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WHEN TWILIGHT DRAWS HER CURTAIN
AND PINS IT WITH A STAR.
REMEMBER YOU HAVE A FRIEND
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO.

Where learned: NONE GIVEN

Keyword(s): FRIENDLY ; METER: IAMBS ; METER: TRISYLLABIC FOOT ; POETIC DICTION ; PROMISE OF FRIENDSHIP ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME:ABCD ; STARS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C768 C768.14

Date learned: 03-28-1960

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"CURTAINS OF EVENING"

"WHEN EVENING PULLS ITS CURTAINS BACK
AND PINS THEM WITH A STAR.
KNOW THAT I'LL REMEMBER YOU
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE."

Submitter comment: SIGNED BY ALDENE COTE, LATELY OF MIAMI, FLA.,
TO A PHOTO OF HERSELF, GIVEN TO ME.

Keyword(s): FRIENDLY ; FRIENDSHIP ; METER: IAMBS ; POETIC DICTION ; PROMISE OF REMEMBRANCE ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCB ; STARS ; TWILIGHT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

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BLOODY BONES

THERE WAS THIS LITTLE BOY AND HIS MOTHER SENT HIM TO
THE STORE TO GET SOME LIVER. BUT INSTEAD THE LITTLE
BOY BOUGHT CANDY. ON HIS WAY HOME HE PASSED A GRAVEYARD
AND DECIDED TO GO DIG UP A LIVER TO TAKE HOME. HE CAME
TO A HEADSTONE WITH THE NAME BLOODY BONES ON IT AND BEGAN
TO DIG. AT DINNER, EVERYONE RAVED ABOUT HOW GOOD THE
LIVER WAS. AFTER DINNER EVERYONE WENT TO BED, BUT WHILE
THE BOY WAS SLEEPING HE HEARD A VOICE. THE VOICE SAID,
"BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA TONIGHT. BLOODY BONES IN
YOUR CLOSET TONIGHT." FRIGHTENED, THE BOY RAN INTO THE
KITCHEN, BUT THE VOICE FOLLOWED AND SAID, "BLOODY BONES
GONNA GET YA TONIGHT. BLOODY BONES IN THE KITCHEN TONIGHT."
HE TRIED TO ESCAPE BY GOING INTO HIS PARENTS' ROOM BUT
BLOODY BONES FOLLOWED HIM. FINALLY, BLOODY BONES KILLED
HIM AND TOOK HIS LIVER.

Submitter comment: THE STORY WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT TO FRIGHTEN HER INTO
OBEYING. IF SHE DID SOMETHING WRONG HER GRANDFATHER
WOULD SAY, "BLOODY DONES GONNA GET YA!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPENSATION AND POETIC JUSTICE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED CHER,
WHO WAS ALWAYS BRUSHING HER HAIR.
ONE DAY PEOPLE SAY
HER HAIR BLEW AWAY.
AND NOW POOR CHER'S HEAD IS BARE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A POEM THAT MY SISTER MADE UP WHILE WE WERE PLAYING
A GAME IN THE CAR ON A FAMILY TRIP. THE GAME CONSISTS
OF EVERYBODY MAKING UP A FIVE-LINE POEM WITH A PERSON'S
NAME IN IT. AT THE END THE PERSON WITH THE BEST LIMERICK
GETS A PRIZE OF SOME SORT. USUALLY THE PRIZE TURNED OUT TO
BE A MILKSHAKE AT MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU COMPOSITION OF POETRY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A GIRL NAMED JULIE.
HER HAIR WAS TANGLED AND UNRULY.
HER MOM HAD IT SHORN.
HOW JULIE DID MOURN.
FOR THE MICE HAD NO HOME WITHOUT JULIE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A LIMERICK MADE UP IN THE GAME PLAYED ON A
FAMILY TRIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU OF POETRY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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LIMERICK ON A FAMILY TRIP

THERE ONCE WAS A BOY NAMED BILL
WHO SWALLOWED AN ATOMIC PILL.
HE STARTED TO COUGH.
THE BOMB WENT OFF.
THEY FOUND HIS HEAD IN BRAZIL.
THERE WAS ALSO A GIRL NAMED JANE
WHO ALWAYS HAD A VERY STRANGE PAIN.
SHE TOOK ONE OF BILL'S PILLS
NEVER KNOWING IT KILLS,
AND WAS NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN.
SO DON'T FOOL AROUND WITH A PILL,
UNLESS YOU ARE MENTALLY ILL.
FOR THE PILL THAT YOU TAKE
COULD BE THE MISTAKE
OF ENDING YOUR LIFE WITHOUT WILL.

Submitter comment: THIS LIMERICK WAS MADE UP IN A GAME PLAYED IN THE CAR ON
A FAMILY TRIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPROMPTU OF POETRY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wit
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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Taunt

Poet;

When somebody says something that rhymes, you say to them:

"You're a poet and don't know it, but your feet show it, because they are Longfellows."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730.329] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): LONGFELLOW ; POET ; RETORT ; RHYME ; SLANG ; TAUNT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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GERMAN SONG

DU, DU LIEGHT MIR IN HERZON.
DU, DU LIEGHT MIR IN HERZEN,
DU, DU LIEGST MIR IM SINN.
DU, DU MAEHST MIR VIEL SCHMER-ZEN,
WEIST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN;
JA, JA, JA, JA WEIST NIGHT, WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN! MM
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY HEART.
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY HEART,
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY MIND.
YOU, YOU GIVE ME MUCH PAIN,
DON'T YOU KNOW HOW GOOD I AM TO YOU.
YES, YES, YES, YES DON'T YOU KNOW HOW GOOD I AM TO YOU!

Submitter comment:

FIRST VERSE OF TWO VERSES. SUNG WHILE A CHILD IN FREEPORT,
MINNESOTA (NEAR ST. CLOUD).

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; FREEPORT ; NEAR ST CLOUD

Keyword(s): GERMAN ; LOVE ; Lyrics ; Poetry ; RHYME ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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GERMAN SONG

DU, DU LEAGST MIR IN HERTSAN
DU, DU LEAGST MIR IN SINN
DU, DU MACHTS MIR FIEL SMERTZEN.
WEISS NIHT WIE GUT ICHT DIR BINN
YA, YA, YA WEISS NICHT GUT ICHT DIR BINN.
DANN, DANN LIEBE AUCH DICH, DANN DANN
WOLL ICH SOLL GERNE DAS UNS DIE LIEBE VAIRINT. MM
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY HEART AGAIN.
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY MIND AGAIN.
YOU, YOU MAKE MUCH SORROW.
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GOOD I AM TO YOU.
YES, YES YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GOOD I'VE BEEN.
THEN, THEN I LOVE YOU; THEN, THEN I WISH THAT OUR LOVE WOULD
UNITE.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Keyword(s): GERMAN ; LOVE ; Lyrics ; Poetry ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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