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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.


Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)

ALAS, how soon the hours are over

Counted us out to play the lover!

And how much narrower is the stage

Allotted us to play the sage!

But when we play the fool, how wide,

The theatre expands! beside,

How long the audience sits before us!

How many prompters! what a chorus!