The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore, Volume 9
General Books LLC, 2009 - 196 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1853. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... GRAND DINNER OF TYPE AND CO. A Poor Poet's Dream.* As I sate in my study, lone and still, Thinking of Sergeant Talfourd's Bill, And the speech by Lawyer Sugden made, In spirit congenial, for "the Trade," Sudden I sunk to sleep, and, lo, Upon Fancy's reinless night-mare flitting, I found myself, in a second or so, At the table of Messrs. Type and Co. With a goodly group of diners sitting; -- All in the printing and publishing line, Drest, I thought, extremely fine, And sipping, like lords, their rosy wine; While I, in a state near inanition, With coat that hadn't much nap to spare (Having just gone into its second edition), Was the only wretch of an author there. * Written during the late agitation of the question of Copyright. But think, how greatVas my surprise, When I saw, in casting round my eyes, That the dishes, sent up by Type's she-cooks, Bore all, in appearance, the shape of books; Large folios--God knows where they got 'em, In these small times--at top and bottom; And quartos (such as the Press provides For no one to read them) down the sides. Then flash'd a horrible thought on my brain, And I said to myself, "'Tis all too plain, "Like those, well known in school quotations, "Who ate up for dinner their own relations, "I see now, before me, smoking here, "The bodies and bones of my brethren dear; -- "Bright sons of the lyric and epic Muse, "All cut up in cutlets, or hash'd in stews; "Their works, a light through ages to go, -- "Themselves, eaten up by Type and Co.!" While thus I moralized, on they went, Finding the fare most excellent; And all so kindly, brother to brother, Helping the tidbits to each other: "A slice of Southey let me send you " -- "This cut of Campbell I recommend you"-- "And here, my friends, is a treat indeed, "The immortal Wordswort...
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