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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
When ’Omer Smote ’Is Bloomin’ Lyre
 
WHEN ’Omer smote ’is bloomin’ lyre,
  He’d ’eard men sing by land an’ sea;
An’ what he thought ’e might require,
  ’E went an’ took—the same as me!
 
The market-girls an’ fishermen,        5
  The shepherds an’ the sailors, too,
They ’eard old songs turn up again,
  But kep’ it quiet—same as you!
 
They knew ’e stole; ’e knew they knowed.
  They didn’t tell, nor make a fuss,        10
But winked at ’Omer down the road,
  An’ ’e winked back—the same as us!

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