The Bon Gaultier Ballads

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Co-author: Theodore Martin
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,348 / 121 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 354
Added to site: 2007.01.29
mnybks.net#: 15929
Genre: Poetry
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t her sensations must be on reading the following passionate appeal we cannot of course divine; but if one spark of feeling lingers in her bosom, she must, for four-and-twenty hours at least, have little appetite for mulligatawny."

The reviewer then quotes the poem down to the general commination, ending with

"Cursed be the clerk and parson,--cursed be the whole concern!"

He then resumes his commentary:--

"This sweeping system of anathema may be consonant to what the philosophers call a high and imaginative mood of passion, but it is surely as unjust as any fulminations that ever emanated from the Papal Chair. No doubt Cousin Amy behaved shockingly; but why, on that account, should the Bank of England, incorporated by Royal Charter, or the most respectable practitioner who prepared the settlements, along with his innocent clerk, be handed over to the uncovenanted mercies of the foul fiend? No, no, Smifzer, this will never do! In a more manly strain is what follows."

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