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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Lapsus Calami
 
James Kenneth Stephen (1859–92)
 
 
To R. K.
 
 
WILL there never come a season
Which shall rid us from the curse
Of a prose which knows no reason
And an unmelodious verse:
When the world shall cease to wonder        5
At the genius of an ass,
And a boy’s eccentric blunder
Shall not bring success to pass:
 
When mankind shall be delivered
From the clash of magazines,        10
And the inkstand shall be shivered
Into countless smithereens:
When there stands a muzzled stripling,
Mute, beside a muzzled bore:
When the Rudyards cease from kipling        15
And the Haggards ride no more.
 

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