John Hay Poems
- The Enchanted Shirt Fytte the First: wherein it shall be ...
- Religion And Doctrine He stood before the Sanhedrim; The ...
- Jim Bludso Of The Prairie Bell... Wall, no! I can't tell whar ...
- To Theodore Roosevelt Son of a sire whose heart beat ever ...
- A Winter Night The winter wind is raving fierce and shrill ...
- Night In Venice Love, in this summer night, do you recall ...
- To Flora When April woke the drowsy flowers, And vagrant ...
John Milton Hay was an American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln.
Hay was born in Salem, Indiana, of Scottish ancestry, the third son of Dr. Charles Hay and Helen Leonard from Middleboro, Massachusetts, who had come to Salem to live with her sister. He was raised in Warsaw, Illinois, and educated first at the private school of the Reverend Stephen Childs, an Episcopal clergyman. In 1851 John went to an academy at Pittsfield in Pike County, where he met an older student, John G. Nicolay, with whom he would later work as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln. In 1852 John Hay went to the college at ... more »
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The Enchanted Shirt
Fytte the First: wherein it shall be shown how the Truth is too mighty a Drug for such as be of feeble temper
The King was sick. His cheek was red
And his eye was clear and bright;
He ate and drank with a kingly zest,
And peacefully snored at night.
But he said he was sick, and a king should know,
And doctors came by the score.
They did not cure him. He cut off their heads
And sent to the schools for more.
At last two famous doctors came,
And one was as poor as a rat,
He had passed his life in studious toil,
And never found time to ...