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Ernest Lawrence Thayer

(14 August 1863 - 21 August 1940 / Lawerence / Massachusetts)

Quotations

  • ''With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
    He stilled the rising tumult, he made the game go on;''
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 37-38). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1936) Doubleday & Company.
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  • ''There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place,
    There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face;''
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 21-22). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1936) Doubleday & Company.
  • ''It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville nine that day;
    The score stood two to four, with but one inning left to play.''
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 1-2). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1936) Doubleday & Company.
  • ''Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
    But there is no joy in Mudville—Mighty Casey has struck
    out.''
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 49-52). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1936) Doubleday & Company.

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Casey at the Bat

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, "If only Casey could but get a whack at that--
We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat."

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