A Century of Charades

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Houghton, 1894 - Charades - 113 pages
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Page xxx - MY WHOLE When Nature lay in silent sleep, And Darkness brooded on the deep, Before the morning stars had sung, Or ever seraph's harp was strung, Ere Brahma wakened from his dream, Or Indra was, I reigned supreme.
Page i - MY first endured a hundred years, A prodigy of logic and of wit; My last the faro banker fears, King Solomon was not arrayed like it.
Page xxiii - MY first has led a blameless life, He never quarrels with his wife, His inmost thoughts are free from sin, He's happy when the tide is in, He never seeks my whole to raise, His taste is worthy of all praise. Yet such existence who would wish to live Long as my last presents alternative...
Page xlix - t would seem ; No mouse would fright, no tramp appall me ; 'T would be just lovely as a dream, And all the girls my fourth would call me.
Page lxix - To spell a word of six, Two letters might suffice ; That word defines the rest, It makes a virtue vice. Those letters two, reversed, Reveal his name who laid His head upon the block, By woman false betrayed.
Page lxxxiv - MY first, a sacred river, Flows to a sunless sea ; My next was doomed forever To be followed by a bee ; My third I do that you can guess my whole, Which Cadmus out of Egypt stole.
Page lix - FROM tennis courts my first ascends ; My second in commotion ends. No martyr's crown my whole secured, Who worse than martyrdom endured ; They found who tore his limbs apart A lady's image at his heart.
Page xxii - MY first the anxious mother often hears ; My second is the vaunted cup that cheers ; When coming through my third, two bodies met; Before you ride, my fourth you have to get.
Page viii - A PRODUCT of coniferous trees, A hardy toiler of the seas ; These make when joined and matched, A Russian scratched. I make this statement wholly on The authority of Napoleon.
Page lviii - MY first was once a king uncouth, The lord of subterranean fires ; And, if its people told the truth, My second was the land of liars. Undoing by night the labor of each day, Ulysses' queen her suitors kept at bay.

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