The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Eastern village passed
A youth who bore, through dust and heat,
A stencil-plate, that read complete--'SAPOLIO.'

CLEAN PAINT, OIL CLOTHS, FLOORS, WOOD WORK, TABLES & SHELVES WITH SAPOLIO.

His brow was sad, but underneath,
White with 'Odonto' shone his teeth,
And through them hissed the words, 'Well, blow
Me tight if here is 'ary show!' 'SAPOLIO.'

WASH DISHES, PORCELAIN, CHINA & GLASS WARE WITH SAPOLIO.

On household fences, gleaming bright,
Shone 'Gargling Oil,' in black and white,
Once 'Bixby's Blacking' stood alone,
He straight beside it clapped his own--'SAPOLIO.'

POLISH MILK CANS & PANS AND ALL KINDS OF TIN WARE WITH SAPOLIO.

'Try not my fence,' the old man said,
'With 'Mustang Liniment' 'tis spread,
Another vacant spot thar aint.'
He answered with a dash of paint--'SAPOLIO.'

CLEAN STEEL KNIVES & FORKS AND ALL METALLIC TOOLS AND UTENSILS WITH SAPOLIO.

'O, stay,' the maiden said, 'A rest
Pray give us! What with 'Bixby's Best,'
And 'Simmons' Pills,' we're like to die.'
He only answered, 'Will you try--SAPOLIO?'

CLEAN BATH TUBS, WASH BASINS AND SINKS WITH SAPOLIO.

'Beware them peaks! That wall so bright
Is but a snow bank, gleaming white,
Your paint wont stick!' Came the reply,
'I've done it! 'How is that for high?'' 'SAPOLIO.'

SCOUR POTS, KETTLES, PANS & ALL BRASS & COPPER UTENSILS WITH SAPOLIO.

One Sabbath morn, as heavenward
White Mountain tourists slowly spurred,
On ev'ry rock, to their dismay,
They read that legend strange, alway--'SAPOLIO'

CLEAN GLASS WARE, WINDOWS, PORCELAIN & CHINA WARES WITH SAPOLIO.

There on the summit, old and fat,
Shameless, but vigorous, he sat,
While on their luggage as they passed,
He checked that word, from first to last, 'SAPOLIO.'

CLEAN MARBLE TABLES, FLOORS, STATUARY AND HARD FINISHED WALLS WITH SAPOLIO.


About Francis Bret Harte


Francis Bret Harte was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California. He was born in Albany, New York, as Francis Brett Hart. He was named after his great-grandfather Francis Brett, and his family name was Hart. When he was young his father changed the spelling of the family name from Hart to Harte. Later, Francis preferred to be known by his middle name, but he spelled it with only one "t", becoming Bret Harte. He moved to California in 1853, later working there in a number of capacities, including miner, teacher, messenger,... Read more...

Poet of the day

Nanalal Dalpatram Kavi (Gujarati: નાનાલાલ દલપતરામ કવિ) was a noted author, poet of Gujarati literature, and was given a title of "Kavishwar" (God of Poets) by people of Gujarat. His name is sometimes spelt Nhanalal.

Biography

Nanalal was born on March 16, 1877 as the fourth son of Dalpatram, the...
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Poem of the day


hame.n ko_ii Gam nahii.n thaa Gam-e-aashiqii se pahale
na thii dushmanii kisii se terii dostii se pahale

hai ye merii badanasiibii teraa kyaa qasuur is me.n
tere Gam ne maar Daalaa mujhe zindagii se pahale

meraa pyaar jal rahaa hai ai chaa.Nd aaj chhup jaa
kabhii pyaar...
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