Ode on the Mammoth Cheese Weighing over 7,000 Pounds

Original Text: 
James McIntyre, Musings on the Banks of Canadian Thames, including poems on local, Canadian and British subjects, and lines on the great poets of England, Ireland, Scotland and America, with a glance at the wars in Victoria's reign (Ingersoll: H. Rowland, 1884): 111-12. B-11 1857 Fisher Rare Books Library.
2Laying quietly at your ease,
3Gently fanned by evening breeze --
4Thy fair form no flies dare seize.
5All gaily dressed soon you'll go
7To be admired by many a beau
8In the city of Toronto.
9Cows numerous as a swarm of bees --
10Or as the leaves upon the trees --
11It did require to make thee please,
12And stand unrivalled Queen of Cheese.
13May you not receive a scar as
14We have heard that Mr. Harris
15Intends to send you off as far as
17Of the youth -- beware of these --
18For some of them might rudely squeeze
19And bite your cheek; then songs or glees
20We could not sing o' Queen of Cheese.
21We'rt thou suspended from baloon,
22You'd caste a shade, even at noon;
23Folks would think it was the moon
24About to fall and crush them soon.

Notes

1] The cheese was made by James Harris at the Ingersoll factory (99). Back to Line
6] the great Provincial Show: the Toronto Industrial Exposition, founded in 1878, and lit by electricity in 1882, where 22 of 23 buildings focused on agriculture (The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2nd edn. [Edmonton: Hurtig, 1988]: 345). Back to Line
16] The great World's show at Paris: in 1889 the Effel Tower was built for this exhibition, established in 1851 in London. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1884
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.
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