Foregone Verses by William Wallace WhitelockForegone Verses by William Wallace Whitelock

Foregone Verses

byWilliam Wallace Whitelock

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...way, And one which better proved, I'm sure, You'll say. For I became a critic, set Myself to deal out blame and praise, The sort you cannot please, nor yet Amaze. I sniffed at all the paintings that I could not paint a crown to win; The Venuses were all too fat, Or thin, To earn approval of my pen, The landscapes were a sorry job, The portraits travesties of men, A daub. On poetry I was just as hard, And sneered at Browning, Kipling, Yeats; "There's been," I said, "no modern bard Since Keats." At music, too, I had my fling, And prayed the singers all for peace; "Why don't they learn," I cried, "to sing, Or cease!" And now I find men speak my name With bated breath and eyes upcast, For I have won undying fame At last. WANT ADS Wanted, a five-cent telephone For New York and vicinity, To see the subway, too, full-grown From Yonkers down to Trinity; And if a guard-rail should be built Through inadvertence at some station, We'd not construe as sign of guilt This strange, unheard of aberration. Wanted, a metre that will show Exactly how much gas you've used, Or if a little less--well, no, I do not think 'twould be refused; And, then, let's see, perhaps we might Like adequate police protection, To know oneself quite safe at night Would scarcely call forth great objection. Wanted, a little gambling--yes, Especially little would be nice; And of police corruption less Than even little would suffice; And since we're on the want, perhaps 'Twill not be thought to be amazing If we should want those navy chaps To let up just a bit on hazing. Wanted, a cook who'll stay a week, A chambermaid who'll make the bed, Wanted, a wife who will not seek To get divorced as soon as wed; Wanted, low rents and high per cent., A tariff...
Title:Foregone VersesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217213448

ISBN - 13:9780217213448