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Ten Epigrams by Hilaire Belloc

Word count: 251

Song Cycle by Archie James Potter (b. 1918)

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?. On Torture: a public singer [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Torture will give a dozen pence or more
To keep a drab from bawling at his door.
The public taste is quite a different thing --
Torture is positively paid to sing.


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?. On mundane acquaintances [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Good morning, Algernon: Good morning, Percy.
Good morning, Mrs. Roebeck. Christ have mercy!


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?. On his books [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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When I am dead, I hope it may be said: 
"His sins were scarlet, but his books were read."


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?. On vital statistics [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Ill fares the land to hast'ning ills a prey (1)
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.'
But how much more unfortunate are those
Where wealth declines and population grows!
(1) This line is execrable; and I note it.
I quote it as the faulty poet wrote it.


Note: first two lines quote Oliver Goldsmith.
First published <<1922

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?. On a General Election [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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The accursed power which stands on Privilege 
(And goes with Women, and Champagne and Bridge) 
Broke and Democracy resumed her reign:
(Which goes with Bridge, and Women and Champagne)


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?. On Noman: a Guest [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Dear Mr Noman, does it ever strike you,
The more we see of you, the less we like you?


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?. On Lady Poltagrue [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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The Devil, having nothing else to do, 
Went off to tempt My Lady Poltagrue. 
My Lady, tempted by a private whim, 
To his extreme annoyance, tempted him.


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?. On the Death of a Politician [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Here richly, with ridiculous display, 
The Politician's corpse was laid away. 
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged 
I wept : for I had longed to see him hanged.


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?. On Fatigue [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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I'm tired of Love: I'm still more tired of Rhyme.
But Money gives me pleasure all the time.


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?. On a Puritan [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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He served his God so faithfully and well
That now he sees him face to face, in hell.


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