A Ballad of Fair Oscar by Charles Waddell Chesnutt

Fair Oscar is a youth who dwells
On the Fifth Avenue;
He is the toniest of swells;
But what does Oscar do?

He rides, he drives, he turns his wheel,
On Fifth Avenue, For manly sports is full of zeal;
What else does Oscar do?

He sleeps, he smokes, he drinks, he eats,
On Fifth Avenue,
And at the club his friends he meets;
What else does Oscar do?

He basks in beauty’s sunny smile;
The ladies are not few
Who fain would live in Oscar’s style,
On Fifth Avenue.

He spends the wealth his father earned-
A thrifty man and true-
What’er he touched to money turned;
What else does Oscar do?

O Oscar! cease this idle life
On Fifth Avenue;
Go start a bank, or take a wife-
Find something else to do.

This active age of ours can give
Each man some work to do;
It is not all of life to live . . .
On Fifth Avenue.

From: http://faculty.berea.edu/browners/chesnutt/Works/Poems/ballad.html

Date: 1886

By: Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932)

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