Victorian Roller Skates
How long, how long, in infinite pursuit…
William Brown Macdougall, from Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the astronomer poet of Persia, translated by Edward Fitzgerald, London, 1898.
A lady came into a store
Where animals were sold,
To buy a parrot with a tongue
That wouldn’t swear or scold;
But as she talked about the bird
And asked about the price
The bullet plunged clean through a box
And freed a lot of mice!
From The hole book, by Peter Newell, New York, 1908.