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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
The City, 1850 (extract)
By John G. Saxe
 
I LOVE the city, and the city’s smoke;
The smell of gas; the dust of coal and coke;
The sound of bells, the tramp of hurrying feet;
The sight of pigs and Paphians in the street;
The jostling crowd, the never-ceasing noise        5
Of rattling coaches, and vociferous boys;
The cry of Fire and the exciting scene
Of heroes running with their mad “mersheen”;
Nay, now I think that I could even stand
The direful din of Barnum’s brazen band,        10
So much I long to see the town again!
Good-bye! I’m going by the evening train!
 
 
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