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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
A Football Song
College Humor
 
From “The Sphinx,” University of Wisconsin

I
THEY talk of joy in fighting
  ’Mid whistling shot and shell;
They rhyme of bliss in love’s sweet kiss,
  A bliss that none can tell;
For ages they’ve been lilting        5
  The praise of ruby wine—
All joys most rare, but none compare
  With tacklin’ ’hind the line.
 
II
Give me the football battle,
  The captain’s signal call,        10
The rush that fills the heart with thrills,
  The line that’s like a wall.
Give me the hard-fought scrimmage,
  The joy almost divine,
When like a rock we stand the shock        15
  And tackle ’hind the line.
 
III
The muse has long been singing
  The joy the half-back feels
When like a flash he makes a dash
  And shows the “bunch” his heels.        20
His joy may be ecstatic;
  It can’t be more than mine,
When with a smile amid the pile
  I tackle ’hind the line.
 
IV
To smash the interference
        25
  Fills me with heartfelt glee;
To make a lunge and stop a plunge
  Is more than gold to me.
In running with the pigskin,
  I ne’er was known to shine,        30
But I can hew my way clear through,
  And tackle ’hind the line.
 
V
There may be joys in heaven
  More tender and more tame,
But I don’t care to go up there        35
  Unless they play the game.
There’s gridirons down in Hades,
  But even there I’d pine
To be once more on this fair shore,
  To tackle ’hind the line.        40
 
 
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