The Spread Eagle and Other Stories

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THE

SPREAD EAGLE
AND OTHER STORIES
BY
GOUVERNEUR MORRIS
AUTHOR OF “THE FOOTPRINT, AND OTHER STORIES,” ETC.

1910

TO ELSIE, PATSIE, AND KATE

     I had thought to sit in the ruler’s chair,

     But three pretty girls are sitting there—

       Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

     I had thought to lord it with eyes of gray,

     I had thought to be master, and have my way;

     But six blue eyes vote: nay, nay, nay!

       _Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

     Of Petticoats three I am sore afraid,

     (Though Kate’s is more like a candle-shade),

       Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

     And I must confess (with shame) to you

     That time there was when Petticoats two

     Were enough to govern me through and through,

       Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

     Oh Patsie, third of a bullying crew,

     And Elsie, and Kate, be it known to you—

       To Elsie, Patsie, and Kate,

     That Elsie_ alone _was strong enough

     To smother a motion, or call a bluff,

     Or any small pitiful atom thereof—

       Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

     So, though I’ve renounced that ruler’s part

     To which I was born (as is writ in my heart),

       Elsie, Patsie, and Kate,

     Though I do what I’m told (yes, you_ know I do)

     And am made to write stories (and sell them, too).

     Still—I wish to God I had more like you,

     Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

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