Little of all we value hereThis is an excerpt from a longer poem The Deacon's Masterpiece or "The One-Hoss Shay." It is hilarious. Not what I expected at all when I turned my poetry book's page for the morning read. But those last two lines of this excerpt give you a sense of how Holmes could mix something that seems very modern with the old fashioned comedy of a deacon building a carriage that will last!
Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
Without both feeling and looking queer.
In fact, there's nothing that keeps its youth,
So far as I know, but a tree and the truth.
(This is a moral that runs at large;
Take it. You're welcome. No extra charge.)
Oliver Wendell Holmes