Babbitt, Gray, humour, Lucey, poetry, ponderations

Pettitt’s Poetry Corner: A Young Officer Looks Back on a Singularly Undistinguished Career

 – with annotations by Col. Hollie Babbitt, literary critic of no renown whatever
 
When first my wond’ring eyes did turn
On SOMERSET‘s streams and rills
On Bristol’s many marvels
On GLASTONB’RY‘s famed hill
The flat wolds of LINCOLNSHIRE
The busy town of Leeds

The barren wastes of LANCASHIRE  (watch itt, Pettyt, I am stille yr commandeing officer – HTB)
Which yet gives us good cheese           

 

Twas then I first did comprehend
The beauty of this isle
For having come from ESSEX
A march of many a mile
I have seen many wonders
And many varied scenes
Of inns and streets and lovely fields

In many a different green

 

For now I am come home again
And by the LORD’s grace whole
‘Tis not, I find, a palace
That yet exalts my soul
But ’tis a humble cottage
With a welcome at the gate
With loving and with friendship

Where my dear MIST’RESS waits.  (thatt must bee a diffrent maistress than the one I mett – HTB)           

 For near or far where’er I roam
Where my love lies, is my home.


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