The Select Circulating Library Volume 8, PT. 2

The Select Circulating Library Volume 8, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ... letters read, And write his answers neatly; I wield a slate, profusely scrawled With many a caleulation, --In all (save payment) I'm installed Clerk to my rich relation, I say and do whate'er I'm told, My time ne'er idly lingers, Thick clumsy shoes my feet enfold, And worsted gloves my fingers; I vote gay waistcoats, seals, and rings. Mere useless decoration, --"Young men should wear plain, homely things," Thus says my rich relation. He "hates to see a rhyming hook A stripling's table cumber;" Since then I've lock'd up Lalla Rookh, And let Childe Harold slumber: Marmion lies torn, and Christabel Takes on the shelf her station; I even shun sweet L. E. L. To please my rich relation. My great aunt's pet menagerie, Around me daily capers, And once a week I go to tea, Read through two penny papers, And then a hand of cribbage take, By way of recreation, --Three games for twopence is the stake, Fixed by my rich relation! Though often she contrives to cheat, I never dare to wrangle; Meanwhile her monkey climbs my seat, My hair to twist and tangle; One night he tightened my cravat, Almost to strangulation, And but received a smile and pat, From my kind rich relation! I'm sent about from dawn to dark On some absurd commission, --I never stroll across the Park, Nor see the Exhibition; No. 14--I'aht II.--183B. My friends begin to pout and lower, And cease their invitations; He cannot boast one leisure hour Who owns two rich relations. This mode of life I loathe and fear, Would I could try some other; Would I could fly--hold! what is here! A letter from my mother! I guess the reason why she writes, Some precious accusations, A lecture for some fancied slights Shown to my rich relations. Stay--" All our hopes, dear boy, arc fled, Prepare...show more

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  • Paperback | 904 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 45mm | 1,579g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603133
  • 9781236603135