The End of the Line: Casey at the Bat

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Can you name the missing words to the poem Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer?

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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 _____.
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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 ___.

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