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Complete Poetical Works

Bret Harte

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. . .One treads the snow-peaks; one by lamps that shine Down the broad highways of the sea-girt town; And two are missing,—Cadets Grey and Brown! VIII Much as I grieve to chronicle the fact, That selfsame truant known as "Cadet Grey" Was the young hero of our moral tract, Shorn of his twofold names on entrance-day. "Winthrop" and "Adams" dropped in that one act Of martial curtness, and the roll-call thinned Of his ancestors, he with youthful tact Indulgence claimed, since Winthrop no more sinned, Nor sainted Adams winced when he, plain Grey, was "skinned." IX He had known trials since we saw him last, By sheer good luck had just escaped rejection, Not for his learning, but that it was cast In a spare frame scarce fit for drill inspection; But when he ope'd his lips a stream so vast Of information flooded each professor, They quite forgot h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Many of Bret Harte's poems were rather interesting and enjoyable. Especially the ones relating to California history and geography. But, there were also some poems that I didn't like.

This one was really good (it's about the Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii); a tree that grows in the woods around h