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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
The Little Peach
By Eugene Field (1850–1895)
 
From “The Little Book of Western Verse”

A LITTLE peach in the orchard grew,
A little peach of emerald hue;
Warmed by the sun and wet by the dew,
          It grew.
 
One day, passing that orchard through,        5
That little peach dawned on the view
Of Johnny Jones and his sister Sue,
          Them two.
 
Up at that peach a club they threw,
Down from the stem on which it grew        10
Fell that peach of emerald hue.
          Mon Dieu!
 
John took a bite and Sue a chew,
And then the trouble began to brew,
Trouble the doctor couldn’t subdue.        15
          Too true!
 
Under the turf where the daisies grew
They planted John and his sister Sue,
And their little souls to the angels flew.
          Boo hoo!        20
 
What of that peach of the emerald hue;
Warmed by the sun and wet by the dew?
Ah, well, its mission on earth is through.
          Adieu!
 
 
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