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A highly valuable chain of thoughts

Andrew Lang 1844 (Selkirk, Scottish Borders) – 1912 (Banchory)



HAD cigarettes no ashes,
And roses ne'er a thorn,
No man would be a funker
Of whin, or burn, or bunker.
There were no need for mashies,
The turf would ne'er be torn,
Had cigarettes no ashes,
And roses ne'er a thorn.

Had cigarettes no ashes,
And roses ne'er a thorn,
The big trout would not ever
Escape into the river.
No gut the salmon smashes
Would leave us all forlorn,
Had cigarettes no ashes,
And roses ne'er a thorn.

But 'tis an unideal
Sad world in which we're born,
And things will 'go contrairy'
With Martin and with Mary:
And every day the real
Comes bleakly in with morn,
And cigarettes have ashes,
And every rose a thorn.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme ABccabAB ABccxbAB dbccdbab
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Characters 975
Words 121
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8

Andrew Lang

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