Sam's Racehorse
by
Marriott Edgar
Lion and Albert
When Sam Small retired from the Army 
He'd a pension of ninepence a day,
And seven pounds fourteen and twopence 
He'd saved from his rations and pay.

He knew this 'ere wasn't a fortune, 
But reckoned with prudence and care
He'd find some investment to save him 
From hard work and things like that there.

He thought he'd invest in a race 'orse, 
As apart from excitement and fun
He'd be able to sit down in comfort
And live on the money he won.

He knew buying 'orses was tricky, 
But that didn't daunt him at all;
He said "They must rise early 't mornin 
As wants to play tricks on Sam Small!"

When he called on the local 'Orse-dealer 
Surprise rooted him to the spot,
For he found 'twere his old Comp'ny Sergeant, 
Whose kindness he'd never forgot.

'Twere a happy reunion on both sides, 
Their pleasure at meeting was great,
For each hoped to diddle the other 
And wipe a few grudges off slate.

The Sergeant brought out his race 'orses, 
For which he asked various sums;
They hadn't a tooth left between them,
But Sam knew their age by their gums.

Sam studied their lines and deportment 
As Sergeant were trotting them round, 
And told him he reckoned their value 
Were fourpence, per race 'orse, per pound. 

Now the Sarg. had a filly called Buster 
As he hadn't said nothing about, 
But when Sam turned his nose up at t'others 
He thought as he'd best trot her out. 

Sam were struck with her youthful appearance,
Though there wasn't much light in the place,
For her teeth were all pearly and even 
And there wasn't a line on her face.

The place were locked up when he got there,
And he realized Sergeant had bunked,
So back he went home in a dudgeon 
And found Buster lying-defunct.

Sam knew if he wanted to sell her 
He mustn't let on she were dead,
So he raffled her down at the Darts Club- 
Forty members at five bob a head.

The raffle were highly successful, 
They all came in every man jack 
And so's winner'd have no cause to grumble
Sam gave him his five shillings back.
The end