Cubanus Root was reckoned skilled
In mathematic lore;
A high position, 2, he filled—
Accountant in a store.
His principal was pleased to see
Progression in his clerk,
And that he took, from principle,
An interest in his work.
Whene'er a dance or ball came off,
Cube Root was always sought;
But, liking not such foolish things,
Cube set them down 4 n 0.
Sometimes, from miscellaneous jobs,
An evening to beguile,
He'd call on Miss Cellana Snobs,
And chat with her awhile.
Her figure pleased him well, you see,
For she was fortune 8
In having many graces which
He could not numerate;
And in addition unto these,
She had no small amount
Of knowledge, which the book-keeper
Took into the account.
Content with Miss Cellana's love,
Cube felt extremely blest,
And oft alleged he didn't care
A fraction for the rest.
So to a Justice he applied,
Who, when the job was done,
Had figured out that two fond hearts
Amounted but 2 1.
Cube's old employer, growing rich,
Through his book keeper's aid,
Made a "division" in the stock,
And set him up in trade,
By wealth and love thus 40-fied,
Ere long their sum of joy
In life was fairly multiplied—
They had a lovely boy.
The rule that Cube had followed long,
Adopted still the same—
Never to make a figure wrong,
The "rule of three" became.
'Till now, this happy family
Has wealth and high renown,
And Cube, the clerk has lived to be
The Squire Root of the town.