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(30 January 1866 – 18 September 1951 / Boston, Massachusetts)

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  • ''I'm Sorry, now, I Wrote it,
    But I can Tell you Anyhow,
    I'll Kill you if you Quote it.''
    Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. poet. Ah, Yes, I Wrote the "Purple Cow," (l. 2-4). . . Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"—
    I'm sorry, now, I wrote it!
    But I can tell you, anyhow,
    I'll kill you if you quote it.''
    Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Cinq Ans Après, The Burgess Nonsense Book (1914).
  • ''I never saw a Purple Cow,
    I never hope to see one;''
    Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. poet. The Purple Cow (l. 1-2). . . Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''I'd rather see than be one.''
    Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. poet. The Purple Cow (l. 4). . . Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.''
    Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. humorist, illustrator. "The Sense of Humor," The Romance of the Commonplace (1916).
  • ''Love is only chatter,
    Friends are all that matter.''
    Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. humorist. Willy and the Lady.

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The Purple Cow: Suite

Ah, Yes! I Wrote the 'Purple Cow' --
I'm Sorry, now, I Wrote it!
But I can Tell you Anyhow,
I'll Kill you if you Quote it!

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