Another Freddy poem from the Bean Home News missing from “The Collected Poems of Freddy the Pig”.
The Midnight Ride of Hank the Horse
“Listen my children while I discourse
Of the midnight ride of Hank the horse.
‘Twas in April, nineteen forty and three.
Robert and Sniffy and Georgie and me,
With Jinx, our leader, to set the course.
It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Centerb’ro town.
Then some of the folks got an awful shock
When Jinx climbed up on the back fence rail
And let out a terrible piercing wail
That shook the leaves of the maples down.
You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the awakened townsfolk jumped from bed,
How they fired their skillets and pans and pots
At the voice that came from their garden plots,
A cry of defiance and not of fear
Although the barrage was pretty severe.
And the scrap brought home from that ride of Hank’s
Was received by Mr. Bean with thanks.