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Short poem

Eugene Field (1850-1895)

At Cheyenne

              1Young Lochinvar came in from the West,
              2With fringe on his trousers and fur on his vest;
              3The width of his hat-brim could nowhere be beat,
              4His No. 10 brogans were chuck full of feet,
              5His girdle was horrent with pistols and things,
              6And he flourished a handful of aces on kings.

              7The fair Mariana sate watching a star,
              8When who should turn up but the young Lochinvar!
              9Her pulchritude gave him a pectoral glow,
            10And he reined up his hoss with stentorian "Whoa!"
            11Then turned on the maiden a rapturous grin,
            12And modestly asked if he might n't step in.

            13With presence of mind that was marvellous quite,
            14The fair Mariana replied that he might;
            15So in through the portal rode young Lochinvar,
            16Pre-empted the claim, and cleaned out the bar.
            17Though the justice allowed he wa'n't wholly to blame,
            18He taxed him ten dollars and costs, just the same.


1] Lochinvar: romantic hero of Sir Walter Scott's poem Marmion who, while dancing with his beloved Ellen at the celebration of her marriage to an unworthy other, quickly hustles her out the door, mounts with her on his horse, and rides away with her in his arms.

4] brogans: heavy work shoes

5] girdle: belt
horrent: bristling

7] Mariana: lonely, lovesick heroine of Tennyson's "Mariana" poems.

10] stentorian: very loud.

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: The Poems of Eugene Field, Complete Edition (Toronto: McClelland and Goodchild, 1910): 94-95. ROBA PS 1665 A2 1910. From Eugene Field, A Little Book of Western Verse (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896).
First publication date: 1896
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/27

Rhyme: aabbcc

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