Will Carleton

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Will Carleton (October 21 1845December 18, 1912) was an American poet, who wrote mostly about rural life.

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  • Not a log in this buildin' but its memories has got
    And not a nail in this old floor but touches a tender spot.
    • Out of the old House, Nancy, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Fare you well, old house! you're naught that can feel or see,
    But you seem like a human bein'—a dear old friend to me;
    And we never will have a better home, if my opinion stands,
    Until we commence a-keepin' house in the house not made with hands.
    • Out of the old House, Nancy, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Over the hill to the poor-house I'm trudgin' my weary way.
    • Over the Hill to the Poor-house (1872).
  • To appreciate heaven well
    'T is good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.
    • Gone with a handsomer Man, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

Betsy and I Are Out (1871)

Betsy and I Are Out (1871), published in the Toledo Blade and then reprinted by Harper’s Weekly, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

  • Things at home are crossways, and Betsy and I are out.
  • I have talked with Betsy, and Betsy has talked with me,
    And so we've agreed together that we can't never agree.
  • Betsy, like all good women, had a temper of her own.
  • The more we arg'ed the question the more we did n't agree.
  • I don't complain of Betsy or any of her acts,
    Exceptin' when we 've quarreled and told each other facts.

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  • Yellow, mellow, ripened days, Sheltered in a golden coating; O'er the dreamy, listless haze, White and dainty cloudlets floating; Winking at the blushing trees, And the sombre, furrowed fallow; Smiling at the airy ease, Of the southward flying swallow Sweet and smiling are thy ways, Beauteous, golden Autumn days.

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