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William Topaz McGonagall 1825 – 1902 (Greyfriars Parish, Edinburgh)
Dear Johnny, I return my thanks to you;(0.00 / 0 votes)
But more than thanks is your due
For publishing the scurrilous poetry about me
Leaving the Ancient City of Dundee.
The rhymster says, we'll weary for your schauchlin' form;
But if I'm not mistaken I've seen bonnier than his in a field of corn;
And, as I venture to say and really suppose,
His form seen in a cornfield would frighten the crows.
But, dear Johnny, as you said, he's just a lampoon,
And as ugly and as ignorant as a wild baboon;
And, as far as I can judge or think,
He is a vendor of strong drink.
He says my nose would make a peasemeal warrior weep;
But I've seen a much bonnier sweep,
And a more manly and wiser man
Than he is by far, deny it who can!
And, in conclusion, I'd have him to beware,
And never again to interfere with a poet's hair,
Because Christ the Saviour wore long hair,
And many more good men, I do declare.
Therefore I laugh at such bosh that appears in print.
So I hope from me you will take the hint,
And never publish such bosh of poetry again,
Or else you'll get the famous Weekly News a bad name.
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"Lines in Reply to the Beautiful Poet Who Welcomed News of McGonagall's Departure from Dundee" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 13 May 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/41832/lines-in-reply-to-the-beautiful-poet-who-welcomed-news-of-mcgonagall's-departure-from-dundee>.