The Purple Cow

Original Text: 
The Burgess Nonsense Book Being a Complete Collection of the Humorous Masterpieces of Gelett Burgess, Esq. (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1901): 24-25.
THE PURPLE COW'S PROJECTED FEAST:
REFLECTIONS ON A MYTHIC BEAST,
WHO 'S QUITE REMARKABLE, AT LEAST.
1I NEVER SAW A PURPLE COW,
2    I NEVER HOPE TO SEE ONE;
3BUT I CAN TELL YOU, ANYHOW,
4    I'D RATHER SEE THAN BE ONE!
Publication Notes: 
The Purple Cow! (San Francisco: Doxey, 1895)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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