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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
August 9
By Craven Langstroth Betts (1853–1941)
John Dryden, born August 9, 1631.

THERE sits he with the wits around his chair,
Sipping his cordial or his cup of tea;
Fair primed with aphorisms choice or free,
The “glorious John,” who trimmed to every air!
The biggest brawn on the arena there,        5
He shook the town with vauntings, then on knee
Bartered his birthright for a huckster’s fee,
And thrust his muse aneath a lordling’s care.
Still he wrought valiant service; none that day
Might bide the baited gladiator’s blows;        10
His ponderous truncheon crushed the foe at bay;
How grand to watch him on McFlecnoe close!
The drums resound, the trumpets loudly bray
As down the age that lordly galleon goes!

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