Popular poetry:

There was an old man of the ‘burgh,
Who carried a nice little jurg;
And he sipped from it frequent,
Wrote things most indecent
‘Bout the people who lived in the ‘burgh.

“Village Notes.” Lansingburgh Courier. January 24, 1879: 3 col 1.

There once was a young man of Cohoes
Who wore tar on the end of his nose;

When asked why he done it
He said for the fun it

Afforded the folks of Cohoes.

Burdette, Robert Jones. Innach Garden: And Other Comic Sketches. NY: G.W. Carleton & Co., 1879. 93.