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Category: Funny Burlesque Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using comic imitation and exaggeration in an absurd way.

  THE ROMAUNT OF HUMPTY DUMPTY  

'Tis midnight, and the moonbeam sleeps
    Upon the garden sward;
My lady in yon turret keeps
    Her tearful watch and ward.
"Beshrew me!" mutters, turning pale,
    The stalwart seneschal;
"What's he, that sitteth, clad in mail
    Upon our castle wall?"

"Arouse thee, friar of orders grey;
    What ho! bring book and bell!
Ban yonder ghastly thing, I say;
    And, look ye, ban it well!
By cock and pye, the Humpty's face!"
    The form turned quickly round;
Then totter'd from its resting-place--

             *             *             *             *             *

That night the corse was found.

The king, with hosts of fighting men
    Rode forth at break of day;
Ah! never gleamed the sun till then
    On such a proud array.
But all that army, horse and foot,
    Attempted, quite in vain,
Upon the castle wall to put
    The Humpty up again.

                    Henry S. Leigh.


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