THE TOOTHACHE – Hugh Alexander 1910

What makes us loudly curse and swear

What makes us rave and pull our hair

What torment is the worst to bear

The toothache!


What makes the children roar and weep

What makes the gossips silent keep

What robs us of our precious sleep

The toothache!


What makes the coolest temper hot

What makes the hollow cheek grow fat

What makes us want to kick the cat

The toothache!


What makes us wild and wakeful lie

While midnight hours go slowly by

And almost wish that we could die

The toothache!


What gives some people such a thirst

What punishment would be worst

Down in the land of the accursed

The toothache!


Hugh Alexander 1910

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