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Category: Funny Whimsical Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using whimsy. Humourosly quaint and fanciful, especially in an amusing way.

  SURNAMES  

Men once were surnamed for their shape or estate
    (You all may from history worm it),
There was Louis the bulky, and Henry the Great,
    John Lackland, and Peter the Hermit:
But now, when the doorplates of misters and dames
    Are read, each so constantly varies;
From the owner's trade, figure, and calling, surnames
    Seem given by the rule of contraries.

Mr. Wise is a dunce, Mr. King is a whig,
    Mr. Coffin's uncommonly sprightly,
And huge Mr. Little broke down in a gig
    While driving fat Mrs. Golightly.
At Bath, where the feeble go more than the stout
    (A conduct well worthy of Nero),
Over poor Mr. Lightfoot, confined with the gout,
    Mr. Heavyside danced a bolero.

Miss Joy, wretched maid, when she chose Mr. Love,
    Found nothing but sorrow await her;
She now holds in wedlock, as true as a dove,
    That fondest of mates, Mr. Hayter.
Mr. Oldcastle dwells in a modern-built hut;
    Miss Sage is of madcaps the archest;
Of all the queer bachelors Cupid e'er cut,
    Old Mr. Younghusband's the starchest.

Mr. Child, in a passion, knock'd down Mr. Rock;
    Mr. Stone like an aspen-leaf shivers;
Miss Pool used to dance, but she stands like a stock
    Ever since she became Mrs. Rivers.
Mr. Swift hobbles onward, no mortal knows how,
    He moves as though cords had entwined him;
Mr. Metcalf ran off upon meeting a cow,
    With pale Mr. Turnbull behind him.

Mr. Barker's as mute as a fish in the sea,
    Mr. Miles never moves on a journey,
Mr. Gotobed sits up till half after three,
    Mr. Makepeace was bred an attorney.
Mr. Gardener can't tell a flower from a root,
    Mr. Wild with timidity draws back,
Mr. Ryder performs all his journeys on foot,
    Mr. Foot all his journeys on horseback.

Mr. Penny, whose father was rolling in wealth,
    Consumed all the fortune his dad won;
Large Mr. Le Fever's the picture of health;
    Mr. Goodenough is but a bad one;
Mr. Cruikshank stept into three thousand a year
    By showing his leg to an heiress:
Now I hope you'll acknowledge I've made it quite clear
    Surnames ever go by contraries.

                                                                                James Smith.


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