|The Outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:|
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to ____.
|And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,|
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the ____.
A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human ______;
|They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at ____—|
We'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.
But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a ____;
|So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy ___,|
For there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat.
But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despis-ed, tore the cover off the ____;
|And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred,|
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging _____.
Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the ____;
|It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the ____,|
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.
There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's ____.
|And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his ___,|
No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.
Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his _____.
|Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,|
Defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's ___.
And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur _____.
|Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped—|
'That ain't my style,' said Casey. 'Strike one,' the umpire ____.
From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant _____.
|'Kill him! Kill the umpire!' shouted someone on the stand;|
And it's likely they'd a-killed him had not Casey raised his ____.
With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he made the game go __;
|He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;|
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, 'Strike ___.'
'Fraud!' cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was ____.
|They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,|
And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by _____.
The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the _____.
|And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,|
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's ____.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are _____,
|And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;|
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck ___.