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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
 
Humorous Poems: II. Miscellaneous
The Compliment
Eugene Field (1850–1895)
 
ARRAYED in snow-white pants and vest,
  And other rainment fair to view,
  I stood before my sweetheart Sue—
The charming creature I love best.
“Tell me and does my costume suit?”        5
  I asked that apple of my eye—
  And then the charmer made reply,
“Oh, yes, you do look awful cute!”
Although I frequently had heard
  My sweetheart vent her pleasure so,        10
  I must confess I did not know
The meaning of that favorite word.
 
But presently at window side
  We stood and watched the passing throng,
  And soon a donkey passed along        15
With ears like wings extended wide.
And gazing at the doleful brute
  My sweetheart gave a merry cry—
  I quote her language with a sigh—
“O Charlie, ain’t he awful cute?”        20
 
 
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