Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Poems about Trojans by Col. William H. Rowe, Jr. (1910)


Scattering good seed daily,

        As he moved along our way,

Troy has had good citizens,

        But we all can truly say

They never had a better

        Justus Miller there than you ;

And we know up in Heaven

        You received your rightful due.


He is a memory

        Now of the past

A memory fragrant

        Forever 'twill last.

In the hearts of all Trojans

        Of this of all days

A fitting eulogium,

        A good life it pays.


Not since it began,

Elias P. Mann,

Has Troy ever had

Any better lad,

Any truer man ;

That city e'er can

Point to your life there

As one straight and fair.


Editor of Troy,

A good Dem. old boy;

On you I could count

For any amount.

Of your newspaper praise

On near or far ways,

A true, faithful friend

May blessings ne'er end.

Rowe, William H., Jr. Third Book Verse and Toast and Children's Poems. NY: Garrick Press, 1910. 9, 31, 33.

A couple verses from the "Casey Reminiscences" (baseball poems) in the back of the book mention Troy as well:

from "With the Mutuals in Seventy-Four"

Mart King of Chicago,

        An' ould Lip Pike of Troy,

They hild fieldin' records

        In early days, me boy.

from "With the Mutuals in Seventy-Five"

I'll knock the ball to Troy,

        Home of Paddy Ryan."

Straight it wint sailin' there,

        An George started cryin'.

Some of the other poems in the book are likely about Trojans as well; they just don't mention Troy by name.

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