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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
James I
 
(1603–1625)

THE CHILD of Mary Queen of Scots,
  A shifty mother’s shiftless son,
Bred up among intrigues and plots,
  Learnèd in all things, wise in none.
Ungainly, babbling, wasteful, weak,        5
  Shrewd, clever, cowardly, pedantic,
The sight of steel would blanch his cheek,
  The smell of baccy drive him frantic.
He was the author of his line—
  He wrote that witches should be burnt;        10
He wrote that monarchs were divine,
  And left a son who—proved they weren’t!
 
 
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