1] A pastiche of Algernon Charles Swinburne's "A Ballad of Burdens," whose stanzas begin, "The burden of fair women", "The burden of bought kisses," "The burden of sweet speeches," "The burden of long living," etc., and whose chorus is "This is the end of every man's desire."
2] Honus Wagner (1875-1955), shortstop with the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates, a player who batted .300 or more for seventeen consecutive years and who was National League batting champion for seven years, with a lifetime batting average of .329. Tyrus Cobb (1886-1961), "the Georgia Peach," who played with the Detroit Tigers, won twelve batting average titles, with a lifetime average of .367 and over 4191 hits.
13] Christy Mathewson (1880-1925), a player with the New York Giants, and the greatest pitcher of his time, with a career earned-run-average of .213, four shutouts, and twenty wins in thirteen seasons. Miner Brown (1876-1946), a great three-fingered pitcher with the Chicago Cubs.
19] Polo Grounds: home stadium of the New York Giants from 1911 to 1957, and of the New York Mets from then to 1963. In 1912 it held 34,000 spectators.
22] Cub: Chicago Cubs. Pirate: Pittsburg Pirates.
23] H. James: Henry James (1843-1916), Anglo-American novelist, whose language was far more sophisticated than "We've got their goats."
25] a pennant: the year's top team in either the American or the National Leagues.
27] dope: inside information.
28] bromidic: truism, commonplace saying.
34] Quarry: what is pursued.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Franklin P. Adams, In Other Words (Garden City, New York:
Doubleday, Page, 1912): 66-67. LE A2121i Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/12
Other poems by Franklin Pierce Adams