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the robin wears a cuirass that recalls the
published blood. Yet is there also a privacy
of the woods, where the bird takes on the
tone of his environment. The ancients felt
this when they discovered a note of khaki in
the flutings of Philomel.

* * * *

Seen in perspective there is symmetry even
in the suburb, futile else. Peckham has this
dominant note.



XXII.
MR. WILLIAM WATSON.

On New Year's Day.

Potential in the marble's maiden womb,
The Uving forms of Buonarotti lay ;

So in the New Year's Alpha dimly loom
The orb'd infinitudes of Omega 1

On the Anniversary of the Opening of the British
Museum.

Avid of knowledge, you that blindly rage

After the Undiscoverable Clue,
Walk up and see yon antic sarcophage ;

Its rusty mummy was as wise as you 1

Oji the Modern Woman.

New Atalantas, straining fast and far.

How shall the old Milanions hope to beat ?

On what incalculable motor-car

Follow the trailing thunders of their feet ?
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On hearing that the following letter had bee?i ad-
dressed to the Rev. /oh?i Watson ( Ian
Maclaren) : — " Ho7ioured Sir, 77te and my
fa?nily wishes to let you kfww that our souls
have been wonderful refreshed and elevated
by your noble pome, ' Abdul the D d.^ "

Great Muse ! and can it be this godless isle

Breeds any so impervious of pelt
That they confound my chaste and Greekish
style

With kailyard cackle of the so-called Kelt ?

On a Rooster, shot in mistake for a Cockpheasant.

Count no man monk because he wears a cowl !

Had I but closelier looked thou hadst not
passed !
I took thee for thy better, tumid fowl I

And there thou liest, irrevocably grassed 1



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