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Andrew Lang

New Collected Rhymes

 
EAN 8596547366379
DigiCat, 2022 Contact: [email protected]

Table of Contents

PREFACE
DEDICATORY
In Augustinum Dobson .
LOYAL LYRICS
How the Maid Marched from Blois .
Lone Places of the Deer .
An Old Song .
Jacobite “ Auld Lang Syne .”
The Prince’s Birthday .
The Tenth of June , 1715.
White Rose Day .
Red and White Roses .
The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond .
Kenmure .
Culloden .
The Last of the Leal .
Jeanne d’Arc .
CRICKET RHYMES
To Helen .
Ballade of Dead Cricketers .
Brahma .
CRITICAL OF LIFE, ART, AND LITERATURE
Gainsborough Ghosts .
A Remonstrance with the Fair .
Rhyme of Rhymes .
Rhyme of Oxford Cockney Rhymes .
Rococo .
The Food of Fiction .
“ A Highly Valuable chain of Thoughts .”
Matrimony .
Piscatori Piscator .
The Contented Angler .
Off My Game .
The Property of a Gentleman who has given up Collecting .
The Ballade of the Subconscious Self .
Ballade of the Optimist .
Zimbabwe .
Love’s Cryptogram .
Tusitala .
Disdainful Diaphenia .
Tall Salmacis .
JUBILEE POEMS BY BARDS WHO WERE SILENT
What Francesco said of the Jubilee .
The Poet and the Jubilee .
On any Beach .
Ode of Jubilee .
Jubilee Before Revolution .
FOLK SONGS
French Peasant Songs .
BALLADS
The Young Ruthven .
The Queen O’ Spain and the Bauld Mclean .
Keith of Craigentolly .

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This poor little flutter of rhymes would not have been let down the wind: the project would have been abandoned but for the too flattering encouragement of a responsible friend. I trust that he may not “live to rue the day,” like Keith of Craigentolly in the ballad.

The “Loyal Lyrics” on Charles and James and the White Rose must not be understood as implying a rebellious desire for the subversion of the present illustrious dynasty.

“These are but symbols that I sing, These names of Prince, and rose, and King; Types of things dear that do not die, But reign in loyal memory.Across the water surely they Abide their twenty-ninth of May; And we shall hail their happy reign, When Life comes to his own again,”—

over the water that divides us from the voices and faces of our desires and dreams.

Of the ballads, The Young Ruthven and The Queen of Spain were written in competition with the street minstrels of the close of the sixteenth century. The legend on which The Young Ruthven is based is well known; The Queen of Spain is the story of the Florencia, a ship of the Spanish Armada, wrecked in Tobermory Bay, as it was told to me by a mariner in the Sound of Mull. In Keith of Craigentolly the family and territorial names of the hero or villain are purposely altered, so as to avoid injuring susceptibilities and arousing unavailing regrets.

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In Augustinum Dobson.

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Jam Rude Donatum.

Dear Poet, now turned out to grass (Like him who reigned in Babylon), Forget the seasons overlaid By business and the Board of Trade: And sing of old-world lad and lass As in the summers that are gone.

Back to the golden prime of Anne! When you ambassador had been, And brought o’er sea the King again, Beatrix Esmond in his train, Ah, happy bard to hold her fan, And happy land with such a Queen!

We live too early, or too late, You should have shared the pint of Pope, And taught, well pleased, the shining shell To murmur of the fair Lepel, And changed the stars of St. John’s fate To some more happy horoscope.

By duchesses with roses crowned, And fed with chicken and champagne, Urbane and witty, and too wary To risk the feud of Lady Mary, You should have walked the courtly ground Of times that cannot come again.