"Curious Rhymes" emphasizes that meaning is relative.


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CURIOUS RHYMES (from Robert Merry's Museum, March 1854, p. 93)

What is earth, sexton?
      A place to dig graves.
What is earth, rich man?
      A place to work slaves.

What is earth, gray beard?
      A place to grow old.
What is earth, miser?
      A place to dig gold.

What is earth, school-boy?
      A place for my play.
What is earth, maiden?
      A place to be gay.

What is earth, seamstress?
      A place where I weep.
What is earth, sluggard[?]
      A good place to sleep.

What is earth, soldier?
      A place for battle.
What is earth, herdsman?
      A place to raise cattle.

What is earth, widow?
      A place of true sorrow.
What is earth, tradesman?
      I'll tell you to-morrow.

What is earth, sick man?
      'Tis nothing to me.
What is earth, sailor?
      My home is the sea.

What is earth, statesman?
      A place to win fame.
What is earth, author?
      I'll write there my name.

What is earth, monarch?
      For my realm, 'tis given.
What is earth, Christian?
      The gateway of heaven.

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