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Hrothgar BS: Trump card is it politically incorrect (10) RE: BS: Trump card is it politically incorrect 31 Jan 17

The Last Trump
Andrew Barton Paterson
From "Rio Grande's Last race and Other Verses"

'YOU led the trump,' the old man said
With fury in his eye,
'And yet you hope my girl to wed!
'Young man! your hopes of love are fled,
''Twere better she should die!

'My sweet young daughter sitting there,
'So innocent and plump!
'You don't suppose that she would care
'To wed an outlawed man who'd dare
'To lead the thirteenth trump!

'If you had drawn their leading spade
'It meant a certain win!
'But no! By Pembroke's mighty shade
'The thirteenth trump you went and played
'And let their diamonds in!

'My girl! Return at my command
'His presents in a lump!
'Return his ring! For understand
'No man is fit to hold your hand
'Who leads a thirteenth trump!

'But hold! Give every man his due
'And every dog his day.
'Speak up and say what made you do
'This dreadful thing — that is, if you
'Have anything to say!'

He spoke. 'I meant at first,' said he,
'To give their spades a bump:
'Or lead the hearts, but then you see
'I thought against us there might be,
'Perhaps, a fourteenth trump!'

They buried him at dawn of day
Beside a ruined stump:
And there he sleeps the hours away
And waits for Gabriel to play
The last — the fourteenth — trump.

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