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Famous Donkey's Years Poems by Famous Poets

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by Service, Robert William
I must toil up that twisty trail to see
What that empty old house can mean to me.

For a Poet lived there for donkey's years,
A Poet of parts and founded fame.
He took to the bottle, it appears,
And hid up there to enjoy his shame . . .
Oh, no, I'll never betray his name.

Then gaily he drank himself to death,
But, oh, on the rarest of mellow wine;
An exquisite way to end one's breath -
Lachrimae Christi, I'd choose for mine,
To sip and souse in ...Read More

by de la Mare, Walter
...e my lone to share 
But Nicholas Nye. 

Nicholas Nye was lean and gray, 
Lame of leg and old, 
More than a score of donkey's years 
He had been since he was foaled; 
He munched the thistles, purple and spiked, 
Would sometimes stoop and sigh, 
And turn to his head, as if he said, 
"Poor Nicholas Nye!" 

Alone with his shadow he'd drowse in the meadow, 
Lazily swinging his tail, 
At break of day he used to bray,-- 
Not much too hearty and hale; 
But a wonderful gumption wa...Read More

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