by: A.D. Godley
POEMS BY A.D. GODLEY
and good is the typical Don, and of evil and wrong the foe,
- Good, and great, I'm a Don myself, and therefore I ought
- But of all the sages I ever have met, and of all the Dons
- There never was one so good and great as Megalopsychus Brown.
- Megalopsychus Brown was blessed with a Large and Liberal
- Six sides he saw of a question vexed, when commonplace men
- He looked at it East, and he looked at it West, and he looked
at it upside down--
- Such was the large and liberal mind of Megalopsychus Brown.
- He held one creed which he made for himself, and he held
it fast and strong--
- That to act in an obvious logical cause is shallow, and base,
- And all that was said for Freedom of Trade so plausible seemed
- That he nearly made up his mind to vote for Mr. Chamberlain--
- Yes! if any one urged that the moon was cheese, he would
always at once admit,
- Though the point of view was undoubtedly new, there was much
to be said for it.
- But out and alas! for his charity wide had a tendency sad
- (And it much impaired the practical use of Megalopsychus
- For since, as I've said, no strange ideas could cause him
the least alarm,
- As he never believed that anyone else intended the smallest
- He became the sport and the natural prey of men both bold
- Who hadn't at heart the Highest Good (as Megalopsychus had);
- Men with a crank, and men with a fad, and men with an axe
- Men with an eye to the main main chance and an unacademical
- They told him of Science, they told him of Greek, they told
him of verses and prose,
- They led him about in the strangest ways by his highly respectable
- Till the Public awoke and was pained to find that Megalopsychus'
- Had changed what was once the Muses' seat to a kind of Technical
- And everyone said when that learned spot was shorn of its
- 'Behold the large and liberal views of Megalopsychus Brown!'