The Money-king and Other Poems

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byJohn Godfrey Saxe

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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.1860 Excerpt: ... THE MONEY-KING. As landsmen, sitting in luxurious ease,' Talk of the dangers of the stormy seas; As fireside travellers, with portentous mien, Tell tales of countries they have never seen; As parlor-soldiers, graced with fancy-scars, Rehearse their bravery in imagined wars; As arrant dunces have been known to sit In grave discourse of wisdom and of wit As paupers, gathered in congenial flocks, Babble of banks, insurances, and stocks;. As each is oft'nest eloquent of what He hates or covets, but possesses not;--As cowards talk of pluck; misers, of waste; Scoundrels, of honor; country-clowns, of taste; Ladies, of logic; devotees, of sin; Topers, of water; temperance-men, of gin;--I sing of Money!--no ignoble theme, But loftier far than poetasters dream, Whose fancies, soaring to their native moon, Rise like a bubble or a gay balloon, Whose orb aspiring takes a heavenward flight, Just in proportion as it's thin and light! Kings must have Poets. From the earliest times, Monarchs have loved celebrity in rhymes; From good King Robert, who, in Petrarch's days, Taught to mankind the proper use of bays, And, singling out the prince of Sonneteers, Twined wreaths of laurel 'round his blushing ears; Down to the Queen, who, to her chosen bard, In annual token of her kind regard, Sends, not alone the old poetic greens, But, like a woman and the best of queens, Adds to the leaves, to keep them fresh and fine, The wholesome moisture of a pipe of wine!--So may her minstrel, crowned with royal bays, Alternate praise her pipe, and pipe her praise! E'en let him chant his smooth, euphonious lays, A loftier theme my humbler muse essays; A mightier monarch be it hers to sing, And claim her laurel from the Money-King! Great was King Alfred; and if history state His actions truly, ...

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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.1860 Excerpt: ... THE MONEY-KING. As landsmen, sitting in luxurious ease,' Talk of the dangers of the stormy seas; As fireside travellers, with po...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217600344

ISBN - 13:9780217600347

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