C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • How bless’d, how envied were our life,
  • Could we but ’scape the poulterer’s knife!
  • But man, curs’d man, on turkeys preys,
  • And Christmas shortens all our days:
  • Sometimes with oysters we combine,
  • Sometimes assist the savory chine.
  • From the low peasant to the lord,
  • The turkey smokes on every board.
  • Gay.