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Category: Funny Parody Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using parody - an imitation of a writer, artist, or genre, with exaggeration for comic effect.

  THE VILLAGE CHOIR  

Half a bar, half a bar,
Half a bar onward!
Into an awful ditch
Choir and precentor hitch,
Into a mess of pitch,
        They led the Old Hundred.
Trebles to right of them,
Tenors to left of them,
Basses in front of them,
        Bellowed and thundered.
Oh, that precentor's look,
When the sopranos took
Their own time and hook
        From the Old Hundred!
Screeched all the trebles here,
Boggled the tenors there,
Raising the parson's hair,
        While his mind wandered;
Theirs not to reason why
This psalm was pitched too high:
Theirs but to gasp and cry
        Out the Old Hundred.
Trebles to right of them,
Tenors to left of them,
Basses in front of them,
        Bellowed and thundered.

Stormed they with shout and yell,
Not wise they sang nor well,
Drowning the sexton's bell,
    While all the church wondered.

Dire the percenter's glare,
Flashed his pitchfork in air
Sounding fresh keys to bear
        Out the Old Hundred.
Swiftly he turned his back,
Reached he his hat from rack,
Then from the screaming pack,
        Himself he sundered.
Tenors to right of him,
Tenors to left of him,
Discords behind him,
        Bellowed and thundered.
Oh, the wild howls they wrought:
Right to the end they fought!
Some tune they sang, but not,
        Not the Old Hundred.

                                     Unknown.


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