THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER
by
Robert William Service
The Rector met a little lass 
Who led a heifer by a rope. 
Said he: "Why don't you go to Mass? 
Do you not want to please the Pope?" 

The village maiden made reply, 
As on the rope she ceased to pull: 
"My father said this morning I 
Must take Paquerette to see the bull." 

The Rector frowned. "Tis wrong, I wist 
To leave your prayer-book on the shelf. 
Your father has a stronger wrist; 
Why can't he do the job himself?" 

Then lovely in her innocence, 
With gaze as pure as meadow pool, 
The maid spoke in her sire's defense: 
"But Daddy, please your Reverence, 
Would rather leave it to the bull."


The end