Charles Edward Carryl

New York City, New York
Charles Edward Carryl
New York City, New York
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Robinson Crusoe's Story

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THE night was thick and hazy
When the 'Piccadilly Daisy'
Carried down the crew and captain in the sea;
And I think the water drowned 'em;
For they never, never found 'em,
And I know they didn't come ashore with me.

Oh! 'twas very sad and lonely
When I found myself the only
Population on this cultivated shore;
But I've made a little tavern
In a rocky little cavern,
And I sit and watch for people at the door.

I spent no time in looking
For a girl to do my cooking,
As I'm quite a clever hand at making stews;
But I had that fellow Friday,
Just to keep the tavern tidy,
And to put a Sunday polish on my shoes.

I have a little garden
That I'm cultivating lard in,
As the things I eat are rather tough and dry;
For I live on toasted lizards,
Prickly pears, and parrot gizzards,
And I'm really very fond of beetle-pie.

The clothes I had were furry,
And it made me fret and worry
When I found the moths were eating off the hair;
And I had to scrape and sand 'em,
And I boiled 'em and I tanned 'em,
Till I got the fine morocco suit I wear.

I sometimes seek diversion
In a family excursion
With the few domestic animals you see;
And we take along a carrot
As refreshment for the parrot,
And a little can of jungleberry tea.

Then we gather as we travel,
Bits of moss and dirty gravel,
And we chip off little specimens of stone;
And we carry home as prizes
Funny bugs, of handy sizes,
Just to give the day a scientific tone.

If the roads are wet and muddy
We remain at home and study,—
For the Goat is very clever at a sum,—
And the Dog, instead of fighting,
Studies ornamental writing,
While the Cat is taking lessons on the drum.

We retire at eleven,
And we rise again at seven;
And I wish to call attention, as I close,
To the fact that all the scholars
Are correct about their collars,
And particular in turning out their toes.
Jess McVey jr. 11 April 2021
My father, a career navy man, on occasion having returned from the tavern, would recite this one and a few more exceptionally well.
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Bette Hewlett 04 November 2020
I have always loved this poem! When I was in grade five in Enderby, B C, we learned it & I'm happy to say I still remember it except the verse about the garden. Of course, maybe that verse wasn't included in our poetry book! (Right!)
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Barbara 09 April 2020
We had to learn this poem in Grade 8. I am now 89 years old and I still can repeat it without an error.
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Tadrisi Mazumder 06 April 2020
Summary of the poems are very much required for proper understanding of the poems.
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Barbara Bewley 11 December 2019
Had to memorize this poem in Grade 8. I am now 88 and still can recite it
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Warisha Ahmed 21 January 2019
I my school it was my poem of class 6
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Vanessa Wells 06 December 2018
When my Dad was at Middlebury College (Vermont) , he came upon this poem and set it to music. I memorized it, verses and melody. Now my sisters and children know it too. Delightful!
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Susan Van Meter 28 June 2018
I learned this poem when I was about 8 years old and I thought of it recently (at age 84) and remembered parts of it. So glad to find it on the internet. I hope today's children are still learning poetry. It was more fun than anything else in school.
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Marilyn from Indiana 13 February 2018
I learned it also at an early age and I can still repeat a lot of it
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