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CHARLES STUART CALVERLEY
English poet and parodist
(1831 - 1884)

The farmer's daughter hath soft brown hair
  (Butter and eggs and a pound of cheese)
    And I met with a ballad, I can't say where,
      That wholly consisted of lines like these.
      - Ballad [Ballads]

I can not sing the old songs now!
  It is not that I deem them low,
    'Tis that I can't remember how
      They go.
      - Changed [Songs]

Life is with such all beer and skittles.
  They are not difficult to please
    About their victuals.
      - Contentment [Life]

I've read in many a novel, that unless they've souls that grovel--
  Folks prefer in fact a hovel to your dreary marble halls.
      - In the Gloaming [Home]

To sit, happy married lovers; Phillis trifling with a plover's
  Egg, while Corydon uncovers with a grace the Sally Lunn,
    Or dissects the luck pheasant--that, I think, were passing pleasant
      As I sit along at present, dreaming darkly of a dun.
      - In the Gloaming, (parody on Mrs. Browning)
        [Matrimony]


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