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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
 
Humorous Poems: III. Parodies: Imitations
Lapsus Calami
James Kenneth Stephen (1859–1892)
 
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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