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Walter Alexander Raleigh (1861-1922)

Wishes of an Elderly Man Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914

              1I wish I loved the Human Race;
              2I wish I loved its silly face;
              3I wish I liked the way it walks;
              4I wish I liked the way it talks;
              5And when I'm introduced to one
              6I wish I thought What Jolly Fun!

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Laughter from a Cloud, foreword by Hilary Raleigh (London: Constable, 1923): 228. British Library 012273.bbb.7
First publication date: 1923
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2001
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/13

Composition date: 1914
Form: couplets

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