A. P. Herbert
A. P. Herbert Poems
- At The Theatre: To The Lady Be... Dear Madam, you have ...
- 'Salute The Soldier' Hail, soldier, huddled in the ...
- To A Young Man Seneca—Solon—Caesar or Cicero— Take any old ...
- Go Slow Go slow, you raving ****, go slow, And do not cut ...
- Hitler's Birthday There'll always be a Hitler Beside the ...
- The Doctor The doctor took my shirt away; He did it for the ...
- 'Flaming June' June, gentle June, of whom the crooners ...
Sir Alan Patrick Herbert was an English humorist, novelist, playwright and law reform activist. He was an independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford University for 15 years, five of which he combined with service in the Royal Navy.
He was born in Ashtead, Surrey, to Patrick Herbert, a civil servant, and Beatrice Herbert, née Selwyn. His mother died when he was seven years old. He had two younger brothers; both were killed in battle—one in 1914 and the other in 1941.
He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, obtaining a first class honours degree in jurisprudence. He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1919, but never ... more »
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At The Theatre: To The Lady Behind Me
Dear Madam, you have seen this play;
I never saw it till today.
You know the details of the plot,
But, let me tell you, I do not.
The author seeks to keep from me
The murderer's identity,
And you are not a friend of his
If you keep shouting who it is.
The actors in their funny way
Have several funny things to say,
But they do not amuse me more
If you have said them just before;
The merit of the drama lies,
I understand, in some surprise;
But the surprise must now be small
Since you have just foretold it all.
The lady you have brought with ...