Quotation by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

—First a shiver, and then a thrill,
Then something decidedly like a spill,—
And the parson was sitting up on a rock,
At half-past nine by the meet'n'-house clock,—
Just the hour of the Earthquake shock!
MWhat do you think the parson found,
When he got up and stared around?
The poor old chaise in a heap or mound,
As if it had been to the mill and ground!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894), U.S. physician, writer. The Deacon's Masterpiece (l. 106–114). . .

Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.
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