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Crammed just as they on earth were crammed,
All silent, and all—damned :
this point of view, I have violated no rule of syntax in beginning my composition with a conjunction ; the full stop which closes the poem continued by me, being, like the full stops at the end of the Iliad and Odyssey, a full stop of a very qualified import.
Hoping that the immortality which you have given to the Fudges, you will receive from them ; and in the firm expectation, that when London shall be an habitation of bitterns, when St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey shall stand, shapeless and nameless ruins, in the midst of an unpeopled marsh; when the piers of Waterloo-Bridge shall become the nuclei of islets of
reeds and osiers, and cast the jagged shadows of their
PETER BELLs, one, two and three,
Ends of a disjointed dream.—
This is at once more descriptive and more megalophonous, —but the alliteration of the text had captivated the vulgar ear of the herd of later commentators.
broken arches on the solitary stream, some transatlantic
Miching MAllecho. December 1, 1819.
P.S —Pray excuse the date of place; so soon as the profits of the publication come in, I mean to hire lodgings in a more respectable street.
To the other side, which is,
Peter Bell the First was Peter
* The oldest scholiasts read—
A dodecagamic Potter.
* One of the attributes in Linnaeus's description of the Cat. To a similar cause the caterwauling of more than one species of this genus is to be referred ;-except, indeed, that the poor quadruped is compelled to quarrel with its own pleasures, whilst the biped is supposed only to quarrel with those of others.
f What would this husk and excuse for a virtue be
Things whose trade is, over ladies
Till all that is divine in woman
Grows cruel, courteous, smooth, inhuman, Crucified 'twixt a smile and whimper.
Thrusting, toiling, wailing, moiling,
Each with never-ceasing labour,
Whilst he thinks he cheats his neighbour, Cheating his own heart of quiet. |
And all these meet at levees;– |
Dinners convivial and political ;
Suppers of epic poets;–teas,
Breakfasts professional and critical;
Lunches and snacks so aldermanic
Where reigns a Cretan-tongued panic,
Lest news Russ, Dutch, or Alemannic
And this is Hell—and in this smother
Each one damning, damns the other;
They are damned by one another,
'Tis a lie to say, “God damns !” “
When they first gave out such flams?
Let there be an end of shams,
without its kernel prostitution, or the kernel prostitution without this husk of a virtue: I wonder the women of the town do not form an association, like the Society for the Suppression of Vice, for the support of what may be called the “King, Church, and Constitution" of their order. But this subject is almost too horrible for a joke. * This libel on our national oath, and this accusation of