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The Witch's Frolic

Rating: 2.8
[Scene, the 'Snuggery' at Tappington.-- Grandpapa in a high-backed cane-bottomed elbow-chair of carved walnut-tree, dozing; his nose at an angle of forty-five degrees,--his thumbs slowly perform the rotatory motion described by lexicographers as 'twiddling.'--The 'Hope of the family' astride on a walking-stick, with burnt-cork mustachios, and a pheasant's tail pinned in his cap, solaceth himself with martial music.-- Roused by a strain of surpassing dissonance, Grandpapa Loquitur. ]

Come hither, come hither, my little boy Ned!
Come hither unto my knee--
I cannot away with that horrible din,
That sixpenny drum, and that trumpet of tin.
Oh, better to wander frank and free
Through the Fair of good Saint Bartlemy,
Than list to such awful minstrelsie.
Now lay, little Ned, those nuisances by,
And I'll rede ye a lay of Grammarye.
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Dr Antony Theodore 14 May 2020
But oh! that night, that horrible night! Folks ever afterwards said with affright That they never had seen such a terrible sight. a wonderful poem. soo praiseworthy. tony
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Douglas Scotney 23 June 2015
Easier to finish than 'Martin Chuzzlewit', which I ain't done yet, Ecod.
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John Richter 24 June 2015
Dicken's might have had a sketchy background, but he is one of my favorite visual writers regardless. I haven't read the book. Should I consider it? Bear in mind this poem above actually made me queasy.
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Kim Barney 23 June 2015
Give me a break! This tedious monstrosity was chosen as novel - -oops, I mean Poem of the day? I couldn't even make it a fourth of the way through as John Richter did.
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John Richter 23 June 2015
Mr. Taylor, you should edit your automatic reply software. You just congratulated a 300 year old man. A man whose poem, btw, should have been left in the 18th century because it is incredibly tedious to read, laboriously boring. I made it about 1/4 of the way through before my mind shut off. I did glean a couple of things from it though, like 'Grammarye' and 'St Bartlemy.' And it is always fun to see surviving words like 'Venetian Blinds' and 'Beelzebub' retain their meanings over the centuries. Other than that this is a stinker.
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Edward Kofi Louis 23 June 2015
A tale would my Grandam tell. Nice work.
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Loyd C Taylor Sr 23 June 2015
Congratulations on having the poem of the day, my best to you. Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.
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