Eugene Field

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Eugene Field

Eugene Field (September 2, 1850November 4, 1895) was an American writer, best known for writing poetry for children and humorous essays.


A Little Book of Western Verse (1889)[edit]

  • I feel a sort of yearnin' 'nd a chokin' in my throat
    When I think of Red Hoss Mountain 'nd of Casey's tabble dote!
  • The best of all physicians
    Is apple pie and cheese!
    • Apple Pie and Cheese, st. 5.
  • It always was the biggest fish I caught that got away.
    • Our Biggest Fish, st. 2.
  • When I demanded of my friend what viands he preferred,
    He quoth: "A large cold bottle, and a small hot bird!"
    • The Bottle and the Bird, st. 1.
  • Oh, you who've been a-fishing will indorse me
        when I say
    That it always is the biggest fish you catch that
        gets away!

Love Songs of Childhood (1894)[edit]

  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
    Sailed off in a wooden shoe—
    Sailed on a river of crystal light,
    Into a sea of dew.
  • The little toy dog is covered with dust,
    But sturdy and stanch he stands;
    And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
    And his musket moulds in his hands.
    Time was when the little toy dog was new,
    And the soldier was passing fair;
    And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
    Kissed them and put them there.
  • The gingham dog went "Bow-wow-wow!"
    And the calico cat replied "Mee-ow!"
    The air was littered, an hour or so,
    With bits of gingham and calico.
  • Father calls me William, sister calls me Will,
    Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill!
    Mighty glad I ain't a girl—ruther be a boy,
    Without them sashes, curls, an' things that 's worn by Fauntleroy!
    Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake—
    Hate to take the castor-ile they give for bellyache!
    'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me,
    But jest 'fore Christmas I'm as good as I kin be!

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