THE SORROWS OF WERTHER
by: W.M. Thackeray (1811-1863)
- ERTHER had a love for Charlotte
- Such as words could never utter;
- Would you know how first he met her?
- She was cutting bread and butter.
- Charlotte was a married lady,
- And a moral man was Werther,
- And for all the wealth of Indies,
- Would do nothing for to hurt her.
- So he sigh'd and pined and ogled,
- And his passion boil'd and bubbled,
- Till he blew his silly brains out,
- And no more was by it troubled.
- Charlotte, having seen his body
- Borne before her on a shutter,
- Like a well-conducted person,
- Went on cutting bread and butter.
POEMS BY W.M. THACKERAY
"The Sorrows of Werther"
is reprinted from A Nonsense Anthology. Ed. Carolyn Wells.
New York: Charles Scribner's Son, 1915.