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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
Tammany Hall, 1819
By Fitz-Greene Halleck
 
THERE’S a barrel of porter at Tammany Hall,
  And the bucktails are swigging it all the night long;
In the time of my boyhood ’twas pleasant to call
  For a seat and cigar, ’mid the jovial throng.
 
That beer and those bucktails I’ll never forget;        5
  But oft, when alone, and unnoticed by all,
I think, is the porter-cask foaming there yet?
  Are the bucktails still swigging at Tammany Hall?
 
No! the porter was out long before it was stale,
  But some blossoms on many a nose brightly shone,        10
And the speeches inspired by the fumes of the ale,
  Had the fragrance of porter when porter was gone.
 
How much Cozzens will draw of such beer ere he dies
  Is a question of moment to me and to all;
For still dear to my soul, as ’twas then to my eyes,        15
  Is that barrel of porter at Tammany Hall.
 
 
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