This person in the gaudy clothes
Is worth Captain Kidd.
They say he never buried gold.
I think, perhaps, he did.
They say it's all a story that
His favorite little song
Was "Make these lubbers walk the plank!"
I think, perhaps, they're wrong.
They say he never pirated
Beneath the Skull-and-Bones.
He merely traveled for his health
And spoke in soothing tones.
In fact, you'll read in nearly all
The newer history books
That he was mild as cottage cheese
—But I don't like his looks!
Stephen Vincent Beneét (1898 – 1943)