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written by Walter de la Mare
Stuff and Nonsense (1927) Link to further information




     There was an old skinflint of Hitching(sic!)
     Had a cook, Mrs Casey, of Cork;
     There was nothing but crusts in the kitchen,
     While in parlour was sherry and pork.
So at last, Mrs Casey, her pangs to assuage,
Having snipped off his buttonses, curried the page;
And now, while that skinflint gulps sherry and pork
     In his parlour adjacent to Hitching,
To the tune blithe and merry of knife and of fork,
     Anthropophagy reigns in the kitchen.


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