King Cole

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Author: John Masefield
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,828 / 37 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 469
Added to site: 2010.05.27
mnybks.net#: 27922
Genre: Poetry
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"Keep clear the town, you cannot pass inside,
The Prince is here, with other things to do
Than stare at gangs of strollers such as you."

_The Showman:_

But I am billed to play here; and must play.

_The Soldiers:_

No must at all. You cannot play to-day,
Nor pitch your tents within the city bound.

_The Showman:_

Where can I, then?

_The Soldiers:_

Go, find some other ground.

_A Policeman:_

Pass through the city. You can pitch and play
One mile beyond it, after five to-day.

_The Showman:_

One mile beyond, what use is that to me?

_A Policeman:_

Those are the rules, here printed, you can see.

_The Showman:_

But let me see the Mayor, to make sure.

_The Soldiers:_

These are his printed orders, all secure.
Pass through or back, you must not linger here,
Blocking the road with all this circus gear.
Which will you do, then: back or pass along?

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