The latest market report says that while cauliflowers remain up, cabbages buoyant; new-laid eggs plentiful, and new cheese ample, "peas and beans have finished." Alas!
Raise a keen for the dead French bean; Mourn for the pea that's past; For the last poor pod is 'neath the sod. In life but few things last! Ah me! In life but few things last. The cauliflower in her green bower Smiles on. The cabbage yet, With eggs and cheese and things like these, May soften our regret. But, oh, the wrench when the bean called French Wave sfarewell to the roast; And the last lone pea sighs shudderingly, And then gives up the ghost! Ah me! And then gives up the ghost.
"C. J. Dennis"
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