The Merchant

Image from the Needham Historical Society


Tare and tret,
Gross and net,
Box and hogshead, dry and wet,
Of every grade,
Wholesale, retail, will you trade?

Goods for sale,
Roll or bale,
Ell or quarter, yard or nail,
Will you buy?
Come and buy —
None can sell so cheap as I.

Thus each day
Wears away,
And his hair is turning grey!
He nightly looks
O’er his books,
Counts his gains and bolts his locks!

By and b y
He must die,
But the ledger book on high
Will unfold
How he sold,
How he got and used his gold.

Richland County Observer (Richland Center, Wisconsin) May 13, 1856

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