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Lord Roehampton Post by :J-Man Category :Poems Author :Hilaire Belloc Date :June 2011 Read :1931

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Lord Roehampton

(Edward, first Earl of Lord Roehampton in the County of Surrey)

During a late election Lord
Roehampton strained a vocal chord
From shouting, very loud and high,
To lots and lots of people why
The Budget in his own opin-
-Ion should not be allowed to win.

He sought a Specialist, who said:
"You have a swelling in the head:
Your Larynx is a thought relaxed
And you are greatly over-taxed."

"I am indeed! On every side!"
The Earl (for such he was) replied
In hoarse excitement.... "Oh! My Lord,
You jeopardize your vocal chord!"
Broke in the worthy Specialist.
"Come! Here's the treatment! I insist!
To Bed! to Bed! And do not speak
A single word till Wednesday week,
When I will come and set you free
(If you are cured) and take my fee."

On Wednesday week the Doctor hires
A Brand-new Car with Brand-new Tyres
And Brand-new Chauffeur all complete
For visiting South Audley Street.

* * * * *

But what is this? No Union Jack
Floats on the Stables at the back!
No Toffs escorting Ladies fair
Perambulate the Gay Parterre.
A 'Scutcheon hanging lozenge-wise
And draped in crape appals his eyes
Upon the mansion's ample door,
To which he wades through heaps of Straw,(A)
And which a Butler drowned in tears,
On opening but confirms his fears:
"Oh! Sir!--Prepare to hear the worst!...
Last night my kind old master burst.
And what is more, I doubt if he
Has left enough to pay your fee.
The Budget----" With a dreadful oath,
The Specialist, denouncing both
The Budget _and_ the House of Lords,
Buzzed angrily Bayswaterwards.

* * * * *

And ever since, as I am told,
Gets it beforehand; and in gold.


(Note: (A) This is the first and only time That I have used this sort of Rhyme.)

(The end)
Hilaire Belloc's poem: Lord Roehampton

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