Quotes by Carolyn Wells
Our most hearty laughter
Something sad must rouse.
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of Purple Cows.
I dream of a purple creature
Which is not as kine are now;
And resembles cattle only
As Cowper resembles a cow.
She lived unknown, that Cow, and so
I never chanced to see;
But if I had to be one, oh,
The difference to me!
For the wind is in the gum-tree‚
And the hay is in the mow‚
And the cow-bells are a-calling
Come and see a Purple Cow!
Ask me no more. A cow I fain would see
Of purple tint, like a sun-soaked grape -
Full many a cow of purplest ray serene
Is haply grazing where I may not see;
Full many a donkey writes of her, I ween,
But neither of these creatures would I be.
Open then I flung a shutter,
And, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a Purple Cow which gayly tripped around my floor.
Though cows of rare sorts I am buying,
Not one breathes a balm to my breast.
Oh, rapturous, rose-crowned occasion,
When I such a glory might see!
But a cow of a purple persuasion
I never would be.
Hence, vain deluding cows.
The herd of folly, without colour bright,
How little you delight,
Or fill the Poet's mind, or songs arouse!
A cow of purple is a joy forever.
Its loveliness increases. I have never
Seen this phenomenon.
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