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The Test Of The Stick The Test Of The Stick

The Test Of The Stick
Mick Malone on the tramp, weary, dusty, and warm, Thought a pint of good ale wouldn't do him much harm; But before he indulged--just for Conscience's sake-- He thought he'd the views of Authority take. So poising his stick on the ground--so they say, He resolved on the beer if it fell the beer way; If it went the contrary direction--why then He'd his coppers retain, and trudge onward again. The shillalegh, not thirsty, went wrong way for Mick, Who again and again tried the Test of the Stick, Till, worn... Poems - Post by : jello8 - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 2016

Pause! - On The Hesitation Of The Czar To Force A Passage Of The Danube Pause! - On The Hesitation Of The Czar To Force A Passage Of The Danube

Pause! - On The Hesitation Of The Czar To Force A Passage Of The Danube
ON THE HESITATION OF THE CZAR TO FORCE A PASSAGE OF THE DANUBE, JUNE, 1877. Aye--hesitate! "Soldiers who stop to think Are lost." So said a soldier (a) ere he died: Lost, then, art thou--thus shivering on the brink. Death was thy father's cure for humbled pride! (a) Wellington.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Pause! - On The Hesitation Of The Czar To Force A Passage Of The Danube... Poems - Post by : vkannan - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 1890

Couplet: On A Pauper Whose Wealth Grew Faster Than His Manners Couplet: On A Pauper Whose Wealth Grew Faster Than His Manners

Couplet: On A Pauper Whose Wealth Grew Faster Than His Manners
Paupers grown rich forget what once they've been, Though, born a pig the snout is always seen.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Couplet: On A Pauper Whose Wealth Grew Faster Than His Manners... Poems - Post by : Martin_Avis - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 2705

A Character A Character

A Character
In childhood spoilt: a misery at school; In wooing, what you might expect--a fool. In small things honest, and in great a knave; At home a tyrant, and abroad a slave.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Character... Poems - Post by : MisterE - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 3454

Impromptu: On An Inveterate Spouter Impromptu: On An Inveterate Spouter

Impromptu: On An Inveterate Spouter
If wealth of words men wealth of wisdom call'd, And measured Genius by the way she bawled, Then ---- would be the head of all the crew, The King of Genius and of Wisdom too.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Impromptu: On An Inveterate Spouter... Poems - Post by : Asuquo - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 2378

The Broken Model: To One Who Well Deserved The Strictures The Broken Model: To One Who Well Deserved The Strictures

The Broken Model: To One Who Well Deserved The Strictures
TO ONE WHO WELL DESERVED THE STRICTURES WHICH THESE LINES CONTAIN. When Nature saw she'd made a perfect man She broke the mould and threw away the pieces, Which being found by Satan, he began And stuck the bits together--hence the creases, The twists, the crooked botches, that we find-- Sad counterfeits of Nature's perfect moulding; Hearts wrongly placed--a topsy-turvy mind-- Things that deserve the scorn of all beholding. It needs no oracle in Delphic shade To name the model from which... Poems - Post by : bigbobo - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 733

Law Versus Theology: On An Eminent County Court Judge Law Versus Theology: On An Eminent County Court Judge

Law Versus Theology: On An Eminent County Court Judge
Some pulpit preachers think so very deep That drowsy listeners find themselves asleep; But the deep-thoughted law which ---- teaches Makes "wide awake" all those to whom he preaches.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Law Versus Theology: On An Eminent County Court Judge... Poems - Post by : karesh - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 1485

A Fragment A Fragment

A Fragment
Once on a time a grimy sweep Was creeping down the street, When Quartern Loaf, the biker's boy, Below he chanced to meet: "Sweep!" sneered the baker: and the sweep Gave Puff a sooty flout; But Puff-crumb did not deal in soot, So turned his face about; Nor did he care to soundly drub The imp of dirty flues: "Go change your clothes!" said he, "and then "I'll thrash you when you choose! "It will not do... Poems - Post by : clougo - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 979

Sympathy Sympathy

Sympathy
A Wit, reduced in means, in Market-place Hawk'd buns all hot. A chum, with sorrowing face, Came up--condoled: the Wit exclaimed "Have done! "Your sympathy be bothered--BUY A BUN!"(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Sympathy... Poems - Post by : samurai - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 2120

Wanted: A Wife Wanted: A Wife

Wanted: A Wife
A VOICE FROM THE LADIES.Being a reply to "M. C. D.," who advertised in a Swansea Newspaper for a wife, 1856. Deputed by some lady friends, Who think, with me, when ought offends, 'Tis best to have it out at once, Not nurse your wrath like moping dunce, I venture forth--(now don't be hard, And sneer, "Dear me, a female bard!" I'm not the only Bard that's seen Inditing verse in crinoline. (a) I say--deputed by a few Young ladies: 'tis no matter who: I come--(of vict'ry little chance)--... Poems - Post by : philin - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 1699

Curates And Colliers, On Reading In A Comic Paper Curates And Colliers, On Reading In A Comic Paper

Curates And Colliers, On Reading In A Comic Paper
ON READING IN A COMIC PAPER VERY ABSURD COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE WAGES OF CURATES AND COLLIERS. If colliers were curates, and curates were colliers, I wonder what price the best coal would be then; Whether meat would be dearer, or Heaven be nearer, Or truth be less earnestly preached among men. I know that the incomes of curates are slender; But curates get luxuries colliers ne'er see, Which they don't have to pay for, nor work night and day for, In mines dark and... Poems - Post by : JPSNESPAL - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 2165

'the Shadow Of The Cross' "the Shadow Of The Cross"

'the Shadow Of The Cross'
'Tis everywhere! The babe that sees with pain The look of feign'd displeasure on the face Of doting mother; and the mother who Lays down the babe to rest--no more to wake; The youth and maiden fair who tempt the stream Of love that never brings them to the goal Their fancy pictured; hearts that droop and break: Upon life's thorny way; old age that sees Long-hoped for peace among the silent dead And deems it life to die. The shadow falls Athwart the sunny hopes of every heart,... Poems - Post by : edstrading - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 3173

A Mother's Love A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love
And friends fell from me--all, save God, and one Beside--and she my mother--gentle, true. As the bleak wind sweeps o'er the trembling limbs Of some fair tree denuded of its dress, How oft is seen, upon the topmost spray, One lonely leaf, which braves the passing storm Of Winter, and when gladsome Spring arrives, And blossoms bloom in beauty all around, It bends its brow and silent falls away. So droopt that friend, who, through the livelong day Of icy cold that chill'd my inmost life, Sat like a bird... Poems - Post by : apondonet - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 1535

Hazard In Love Hazard In Love

Hazard In Love
My sorrowing heart is like the blasted oak That claspt the dazzling lightning to its breast, Yielding its life up to the burning kiss. Springs came along and fondled all in vain, And Summers toy'd with warm and am'rous breath; But nought in life could e'er again restore The greening foliage of its early days. Man never loves but once--then 'tis a cast For life or death. If death--alas the day! If life--'twere perfect Paradise.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Hazard In Love... Poems - Post by : karma69_us - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 1671

Love's Wiles Love's Wiles

Love's Wiles
When Beauty smiles upon thee--have a care. Kingdoms ere this have hinged upon a kiss From woman's lips: and smiles have won a crown. Glances from bright eyes of a gentle maid, Whose cheeks would redden at a mouse's glance, Have hearts befool'd that in their noble strength Had shaken Kingdoms down. Have thou a care.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Love's Wiles... Poems - Post by : anonym2006 - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 1676

Echoes From The City Echoes From The City

Echoes From The City
The modern Babylon Sleeps like a serpent coil'd up at my feet. London--huge model of the great round earth, The teeming birthplace and the mausoleum Of millions; where dark graves and drawing-rooms Gaze from each other into each; where flow'rs Of blushing life droop in the grasp of Vice Like blossoms in the fingers of a corpse; Where cank'rous gold sways, millions with a nod To abject slavery, buying men up As toys for knaves to play with in the game Of life; where Truth is kicked from foot to... Poems - Post by : lager - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 2014

The Poet's Troubles The Poet's Troubles

The Poet's Troubles
To be possess'd of passion's ecstasy Outswelling from the heart; the teeming brain Afire with glowing light; as when the sun Catches the tall tree-tops with Summer warmth, And draws the trembling sap with impulse sweet Through every fibre up to th' glory-crown; To feel the breath of some rare influence Of subtle life suck at the throbbing soul As though into infinity to kiss The yielding passion subtle as itself; To see the hand of God in everything; To hear His voice in every sound that comes; To... Poems - Post by : Jeff_M - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 3073

Unrequited Affection Unrequited Affection

Unrequited Affection
She was a simple cottage-girl, But lovely as a poet's richest thought Of woman's beauty--and as false as fair. I've writhed beneath the witchery of her voice As cornfields palpitate beneath the breeze-- Have sued with praying hands--lavished my life Upon her image, as the bright stars pour Their trembling splendours on the cold-heart lake-- Wounded my manliness upon the rock Of her too fatal beauty, like a storm That twines with sobbing fondness round the neck Of some sky-kissing hill, bursts in his love, Then slowly droops and... Poems - Post by : timbrux - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 812

Faith In Love Faith In Love

Faith In Love
Man's faith in woman's love Is all the darken'd earth can boast of Heaven. That faith destroyed--farewell to happiness, And joy, and worldly hope, and all that goes To deify mankind.(The end)J. C. Manning's poem: Faith In Love... Poems - Post by : goldmine33 - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 1278

Sunrise In The Country Sunrise In The Country

Sunrise In The Country
What a sweet atmosphere of melody And coolness falls upon the troubled heart, Like oil upon the wave. Dance on--dance on-- Ye couriers of the sun--full-throated choir; And sky-ward fling your sobbing psalmody-- A sunrise offering to the coming day. On--on: still higher! Still rolls the torrent down, Bearing the soul up in a cloud of sprays, The world seems deluged with a golden shower: Myriads of larks trill out their morning psalm, As though the stars were changed to silver bells Timbrelling forth their sweet melodious bursts... Poems - Post by : Jenny_Dunham - Date : October 2011 - Author : J. C. Manning - Read : 3116