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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Earl Norman and John Truman
Charles Mackay (1814–89)
THROUGH great Earl Norman’s acres wide,
  A prosperous and a good land,
’T will take you fifty miles to ride
  O’er grass, and corn, and woodland.
His age is sixty-nine, or near,        5
  And I ’m scarce twenty-two, man,
And have but fifty pounds a year,—
  Poor John Truman!
But would I change? I’ faith! not I,
  Oh no! not I, says Truman!        10
Earl Norman dwells in halls of state,
  The grandest in the county;
Has forty cousins at his gate,
  To feed upon his bounty.
But then he ’s deaf—the doctors’ care,        15
  While I in whispers woo, man,
And find my physic in the air,—
  Stout John Truman!
D ’ye think I ’d change for thrice his gold?
  Oh no! not I, says Truman!        20
Earl Norman boasts a gartered knee,
  A proof of royal graces;
I wear, by Nelly wrought for me,
  A silken pair of braces.
He sports a star upon his breast,        25
  And I a violet blue, man,—
The gift of her who loves me best,
  Proud John Truman!
I ’d be myself, and not the Earl,
  Oh, that would I, says Truman.        30


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