From The Wit and Humor of America, edited by Marshall P. Wilder, Volume III, New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls and Company, 1911; p. 572-572.
IN ELIZABETH’S DAY
BY WALLACE RICE
Who would not give the treasure
Of very many lives
If some kind fate would pleasure
To let him be where Ben is
A-playing Kit at Tennis,
Or playing Will at fives?
The racquet ne’er so deftly
Is turned, whoever strives,
The ball flies ne’er so swiftly
As thought and tongue where Ben is
A-playing Kit at tennis,
Or playing Will at fives.