A word there is of plural number,
Foe to ease and tranquil slumber,
Any other word you take,
And add an s will plural make.
But if you add an s to this,
So strange the metamorphosis;
Plural is plural now no more,
And sweet what bitter was before.
What word is referred to in this riddle?
*** Originally appeared in a collection composed by William S. Walsh in 1892
(In reply to spoiler
by Ady TZIDON)
The collection, for which this riddle-poem may be part may be correctly attributed, yet William S. Walsh is not the riddle-poem's author, and the collection may not be the publication of the puzzle-rhyme's first appearance. Instead, the riddle-poem is noted to have been composed by George Canning (1770-1827), a British statesman and Prime Minister.
The literary solution given by Mr. Canning for his riddle-poem is
"Though bitter cares the wearied mind enthral,
Yet one fond sweet caress can banish all."
Edited on July 3, 2015, 1:52 pm
Posted by Dej Mar
on 2015-07-03 09:21:50