Lays of Modern Oxford

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A. T. Shrimpton, 1887 - College verse - 133 pages
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Page 57 - ... moonlight dim He knew his own betrothed bride, She, who would rather die with him, Than live to gain the world beside! — Her arms are round her lover now, His livid cheek to hers she presses, And dips, to bind his burning brow, In the cool lake her loosen'd tresses.
Page 44 - Relaxed her stubborn hold, And now with force redoubled drag their prey; And now the rooted Idol to their sway Bends, yields ; and now it falls. But then they scream; For, lo ! they feel the crumbling bank give way, And all are plunged into the stream. 11. " She hath escaped my will! " Kehama cried; " She hath escaped, — but thou art here : I have thee still, The worser criminal!
Page 80 - You shall hear how once our college, When our boat had done great wonders, And had bumped all boats before it, Gave a great and grand bump-supper. First the scouts, the sherry-swiggers, And the scouts' boys, beer-imbibers, Spread the things upon the table. And they placed upon the table Champagne-cup and rosy claret. When the lamp-black night descended Broad and dark upon the college, When the reading man, the bookworm, Grinding, sat among his Greek books, With his oak securely sported, And...
Page 62 - He goes at it boldly, No matter how coldly Examiners scan Him over the table, And say, " If you're able, Construe it, man ; Look at it, think of it, Do what you can." VIII, Now they stare frigidly, Calmly and rigidly, Courteously, slily ; How well he knows them, Who could suppose them Witty and wily ? IX. Helplessly staring, He looks at it long, Then with the daring Last look of despairing, Construes it wrong. X. Failing most signally, Construing miserably ; Frequent false quantity, But as they want...
Page 69 - ... bowling there ; Cricket-balls through the air Whizzed past their heads the while. Muchly I wondered Why no one's head was broke, For at each mighty stroke Close...
Page 43 - IF a Proctor meet a body Coming down the High, If a Proctor greet a body Need a body fly ? Every Proctor has his bulldog, Dog of mickle might, When he marches forth in full log At the fall of night. Every bulldog, when he spies a Man without a gown, Promptly chases him and tries aMain to run him down.
Page 125 - Some of us in paths secluded With the girls we loved did roam. Mothers knew their pretty daughters Soon would find another home ; So they, like indulgent mothers, Were content to let them stay With us as we strolled in silence Far away, far away.
Page 90 - Trelawny, Should by any hap or hazard, Leave the world by death untimely, Many people in the south-west Part of England would insist on Knowing wherefore he had left it Then the cheeky smiling Ginger Sang of lovely Angelina, Lady with the Grecian bend, and Of the maiden dressed in azure, With both eyes and hair of darkness. Then the guests said, " Sing some more songs ; Sing to us immortal Ginger, Songs of laughter quaint and comic, With a merry roaring chorus, That we all may be more noisy. And...
Page 41 - There once lived at Magdalen Hall A man who knew nothing at all; He was fifty-three When he took his degree, Which is youngish for Magdalen Hall.
Page 5 - UP rose the silver moonlight Over the rustling trees, And fast the hum of angry men Was wafted on the breeze. From many a dirty pot-house, And hole without a name, From many a low and filthy haunt The mob of blackguards came ; From populous St. Aldates, St.

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