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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
January 4
To Charles Dickens
By Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
          On his departure for America, Jan. 4, 1842.

PSHAW! away with leaf and berry,
  And the sober-sided cup!
Bring a goblet and bright sherry,
  And a bumper fill me up!
Though a pledge I had to shiver,        5
  And the longest ever was!
Ere his vessel leaves our river,
I would drink a health to Boz!
Here’s success to all his antics,
  Since it pleases him to roam,        10
And to paddle o’er Atlantics,
  After such a sale at home!
May he shun all rocks whatever,
  And each shallow sand that lurks,
And his passage be as clever        15
  As the best among his works!

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