Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec'd.

By Mark Twain 1835–1910 Mark Twain
And did young Stephen sicken,
      And did young Stephen die?
And did the sad hearts thicken,
      And did the mourners cry?

No; such was not the fate of
      Young Stephen Dowling Bots;
Though sad hearts round him thickened,
      'Twas not from sickness' shots.

No whooping-cough did rack his frame,
      Nor measles drear, with spots;
Not these impaired the sacred name
      Of Stephen Dowling Bots.

Despised love struck not with woe
      That head of curly knots,
Nor stomach troubles laid him low,
      Young Stephen Dowling Bots.

O no. Then list with tearful eye,
      Whilst I his fate do tell.
His soul did from this cold world fly,
      By falling down a well.

They got him out and emptied him;
      Alas it was too late;
His spirit was gone for to sport aloft
      In the realms of the good and great.

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Poet Mark Twain 1835–1910

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death, Humor & Satire

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Rhymed Stanza, Elegy

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known as Mark Twain, the distinguished novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and literary critic who ranks among the great figures of American literature. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and moved during his childhood to Hannibal, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Young Twain reveled in life along the Mississippi, a river busy with steamboat activity, . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Rhymed Stanza, Elegy

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