More Cricket Songs eBook

Norman Gale
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 38 pages of information about More Cricket Songs.

  If you have need of flabbier times,
    Colensos, Stormbergs, Spion Kops,
  Tell cricketers to take to rhymes,
    And smash at once the cross-bar props.
  When sportsmen, tied to sport, refuse
    To offer lead the loyal breast,
  To tramp for miles in bloody shoes,
  To smirch their souls, to crack their thews,
    Then let the poet rail his best,
        My Hearts!

  Aye, if our social state be planned
    Devoid of giant games of ball,
  Macaulay’s visitor will stand
    The earlier on the crumbled wall. 
  Nerve, daring, sprightliness, and pluck
    Improve by noble exercise;
  The wish to soar above the ruck,
  The power to laugh at dirty luck
    And face defeat with sparkling eyes,
        My Braves!

  By George, there goes the supper-bell! 
    And yet your duffing Uncle Bob
  Has never told you what befell
    When all his team got out for blob. 
  So much for bad poetic gas
    That gets my ancient dander up! 
  Well, to the banquet!  What is crass
  Shall deeply drown in radiant Bass
    While we as Vikings greatly sup,
        My Hearts!


  I refuse to find attractions
    In the ancient Roman native;
  I am sick to death of fractions,
    And of verbs that take the dative: 
  It is mine to be recorder
    Of a boy’s congested brain, Sir,
  With the pitch in perfect order
    And the weather like champagne, Sir!

  I—­the sport of conjugations—­
    I am cooped up as a lodger
  Where I serve out mental rations
    To a proudly backward dodger. 
  While the two of us are dreaming
    Of the canvas and the creases,
  Close we sit together, scheming
    How to pull an ode to pieces.

  Even now in London’s gabble
    Memory’s magic tricks the senses! 
  Plain I hear the streamlet babble,
    Smell the tar on country fences: 

  Down the road Miss Grey from Marlett
    Skirts the fox-frequented thicket,
  In her belt a rose of scarlet,
    In her eyes the love of cricket.

  There’s my mother with her ponies
    Underneath Sir Toby’s beeches,
  Pulling up to share with cronies
    News of grapes and plums and peaches: 
  Many a gaffer stops to fumble
    At his forelock as she passes,
  While the children cease to tumble
    Frocks and blouses in the grasses.

  Though my body stays with duty
    Here to work a sum or rider,
  Mother’s magnet and her beauty
    Draw my soul to sit beside her! 
  Ah, what luck if I were able
    There to play once more in flannels,
  Free from all this littered table,
    Virgil’s farmyard, Ovid’s annals!

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