The Books of To-day and the Books of To-morrow, March 1904
THAT man must drain a bitter cup
Who dwells in London town:
For while the streets keep coming up,
The rain keeps coming down.
2. Myself, unmoved I watch it fall:
I heed not rain nor icy blast:
This thought sustains me through it all,
The fatal 29th is past.
(I find it very soothing, for
I’m such an attractive bachelor).
3. Immortal Mr. Togo,
With vigour for the foe go,
Until once more
To native shore
Alexieff and Co. go.
4. Things growing rather warm for Joe,
He goes to seek a change of air
In Egypt for a month or so.
Only the sun is hot out there.
5. There was an old gentleman who
Bored to death all the people he knew
By a shallow pretence
To a knowledge immense.
He’d been reading the Rapid Review.
6. Who seeks the Chronicle or News
No longer needs to pay pennies.
Both may be bought by those who choose
To spend a brace of ha’pennies.
I’m looking forward to the day
When papers will be given away.
Printed unsigned; entered by Wodehouse in Money Received for Literary Work.