I MET an old and learned man,

And asked him "What is 'guff'?

I've looked the word-books through and through,

And only met rebuff."

"You simple youth, you artless boy,"

He thus to me rejoined,

"I know not what this word can mean,

It must be newly coined."

I met a staid professor man,

And prayed him "What is guff?"

Quoth he, "I know not, though I've heard

It mentioned, sure enough."

I met a callow Harvard lad

And him my question told;

He smiled a quizzing, knowing smile,

And forthwith answered bold, -