Twas Constitution Day Eve

Twas Constitution Day Eve

This poem, inspired by Clement Clarke Moore and Brian The General Latham, captures the anticipation and excitement of Constitution Day Eve. The writer sets the scene in a household where everything is still and quiet,

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Slide1By John PresleyInspired by Clement Clarke Moore and Brian “The General”  Latham

Slide2Twas Constitution  Day  Eve,  when all  through  the  house Not  a  creature  was  stirring,  not even  a  mouse. The  buckled  shoes  were  placed  by the  bookcase  with  care, In  hopes  that  Mr.  Madison  soon would  be  there.

Slide3The children  were  nestled  all  snug in  their  beds, While  visions  of  the  Virginia  Plan danced  in  their  heads. And  the  wife  and  I  alone,  snuggled in  the  bed  tight, Just  recited  the  preamble  before  we said,  “Good  night.”

Slide4When out  on  the  lawn  there  arose such  a  clatter, I  sprang  from  the  bed  to  see  what was  the  matter. Away  to  the  window  I  flew  like  a flash, Tore  open  the  shutters  and  threw up  the  sash.

Slide5The moon  on  the  breast  of  the September  night Gave  the  luster  of  mid-day  to objects  in  sight. When,  what  to  my  wondering  eyes should  drastically  appear, But  a  white  cast  iron  bathtub,  tied to  a  pair  of  Sussex  steers.

Slide6With a  little  and  slight  fellow,  so lively  with  resolution, I  knew  in  a  moment  it  must  be  the Father  of  the  Constitution. Hopping  out  of  the  iron,  he  and  his spirits  bore  no  shame, And  he  whistled,  and  shouted,  and called  them  by  name!

Slide7"Now Mason!  now,  King!  now, Washington  and  Gerry! Rise  now,  dear  Virginians  and  be  all together  merry! To  the  bottom  of  the  paper!  Grab that  feathery  pen! Sign  that  document  with  your hearts  for  all  free  men!”

Slide8As dry  leaves  that  before  the  wild hurricane  fly, When  they  meet  with  an  obstacle, mount  to  the  sky. So  up  to  the  house-top  the  spirits they  flew, With  the  bathtub  full  of  candy  and amendments,  too.

Slide9And then,  in  a  twinkling,  I  heard  on the  top  of  the  roof, The  dastardly  sound  of  a  Burr  gave alarming  proof. As  I  drew  up  my  head,  and  was turning  around, He  shot  at  me  with  his  musket  ball round!

Slide10"I shot  at  you,"  the  culled  traitor cowardly  chimed, "To  avenge  my  misfortune  and  my place  in  time!" From  the  roof  he  landed  on  soil with  his  guns  point  blank: "You  and  I  will  repeat  the  smoke  of Weehawken's  bank!"

Slide11Madison tapped  a  dance  to summon  the  Philly  sage, Ben  Franklin  dropped  from  the  sky, armed  with  rage! "See  here,  you  wicked  man! Somewhere  else  you  need  be!” And  tossed  him  the  Liberty  Bell loaded  with  TNT.

Slide12The blast  rattled  the  turncoat-on- liberty's  teeth, And  the  smoke  it  encircled  his  head like  a  wreath. Madison  pulled  out  his  choice weapon  not  too  late, And  whipped  Burr  with  the Federalist  Paper  no.  eight!

Slide13Burr let  out  a  cry  and  slipped  into the  night,  that  elf! And  I  laughed  when  I  saw  him  go, in  spite  of  myself! A  wink  of  Madison's  eye  and  a  twist of  his  head, Soon  gave  me  to  know  I  had nothing  to  dread.

Slide14Madison arrived  inside  as  Franklin rubbed  his  nose, And  giving  a  nod,  up  the  sage  to  the sky  he  rose! Madison  spoke  not  a  word,  but  to work  missing  no  beat, And  filled  all  the  shoes  with amendments  and  sweets.

Slide15He sprang  to  his  tub,  to  his  oxen gave  a  whistle, And  away  both  flew  like  the  down of  a  thistle. But  I  heard  him  exclaim,  ‘ere  he drove  out  of  sight  .  .  . "Happy  Constitution  Day  to all,  and  to  all  good-rights!"