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The Purple Cow

I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.   
But I can tell you anyhow 
I'd rather see than be one.

    — Gelett Burgess, 1895

The Purple Cow (aka The Purple Cow: Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who's Quite Remarkable, at Least - and - The Gelett Burgess gee-I-wish-I-had-never-written-this Nonsense Verse) was first published on May 1, 1895 in a humorous magazine called The Lark.

This little poem gained such notoriety that by April 1, 1897, Burgess couldn't stand hearing it repeated to him anymore and published:

Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"—
I'm Sorry, now, I wrote it;
But I can tell you Anyhow
I'll Kill you if you Quote it!


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