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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
Without and Within
By James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
 
MY coachman, in the moonlight there,
  Looks through the side-light of the door;
I hear him with his brethren swear,
  As I could do—but only more.
 
Flattening his nose against the pane,        5
  He envies me my brilliant lot,
Breathes on his aching fist in vain,
  And dooms me to a place more hot.
 
He sees me in to supper go,
  A silken wonder by my side,        10
Bare arms, bare shoulders, and a row
  Of flounces, for the door too wide.
 
He thinks how happy is my arm,
  ’Neath its white-gloved and jeweled load;
And wishes me some dreadful harm,        15
  Hearing the merry corks explode.
 
Meanwhile I inly curse the bore
  Of hunting still the same old coon,
And envy him, outside the door,
  The golden quiet of the moon.        20
 
The winter wind is not so cold
  As the bright smile he sees me win,
Nor the host’s oldest wine so old
  As our poor gabble, sour and thin.
 
I envy him the rugged prance        25
  By which his freezing feet he warms,
And drag my lady’s chains and dance
  The galley-slave of dreary forms.
 
Oh, could he have my share of din,
  And I his quiet—past a doubt        30
’Twould still be one man bored within
  And just another bored without.
 
 
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