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and those days were not like these

Those were days of ignorance and rudeness;
and to be able to read at all,       1
the occasion of his grief. Those were days       2
ah ! those were days,       3
and but little can now be recalled. Those were days in which       4
Those were days of economy too       5
The reason for that was, those were days       6
with long flowing ends. Those were days of short       7
place in the hands of the / now. Those were days       8
Those were days in which we knew       9
atmosphere. Those were days before the advent of the underground engineer.       10
Those were days in which people made their wills before they took a journey of a hundred miles;
and no wonder       11
Those were days when there was all too little time       12
Those were days in which milk was a luxury in far-away Texas       13
And those days were not like these, those were days when the tide       14


  1. ex Thomas Sheridan (1719-88 *), his Lectures on the Art of Reading. In two parts: Part I. The Art of Reading Prose. Part II. The Art of Reading Verse. 4th edn. (Dublin, 1790) : 1
  2. ex David A(ugustus). Leonard. An Oration, Delivered at Raynham, Massachusetts, Friday, May 11th, 1804, on the late acquisition of Louisiana, at the unanimous request of the Republican Citizens of the County of Bristol. (Newport, R.I., 1804) : 12
  3. ex Marmaduke Merrywhistle (pseud.), Isn’t it odd?, vol 1 (of 3), (London, 1822) : 243
    (Bodleian copy)
  4. ex Emory Washburn. “Topographical and Historical Sketches of the Town of Leicester,” in The Worcester Magazine and Historical Journal 2:2 (June 1826) : 65 - 128 (117)
  5. ex Speech of Mr. (Richard Henry) Wilde (1789-1847 *), of Georgia, on the bill for removing the Indians from the east to the west side of the Mississippi. Delivered in the House of Representatives, on the 20th May, 1830 (Washington, 1830) : 51
    bound together with 23 speeches, 1830-31, on various bills
  6. ex Promoters’ Evidence, from 20th March to 25th April, 1837, inclusive. Committee on the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway Bill. Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons (Glasgow, 1838) : 132
  7. ex Edward Howard (1793-1841 *), Jack Ashore (Baudry’s European Library, Paris, 1840) : 145
    (Howard knew, worked with Frederick Marryat)
  8. ex “Disorderly Conduct” (in Rules of Procedure), Business of the House (Commons), February 28, 1888, in Hansard’s Parliamentary Debates, Vol. 322 (London, 1888) : 1679
    (an intentional cross-column misread, mea culpa)
  9. ex The Hon. R. E. O’Connor in reply, re: the Elections Bill. 5 April 1893. Parliamentary Debates (New South Wales, Parliament, 1893) : 5707
  10. 1893, idem.
  11. ex Emily Sarah Holt (1836-1893 *), The Gold that Glitters : The Mistakes of Jenny Lavender (London, 1896) : here
  12. Charles King (1844-1933 *), A Trooper Galahad (1898) : 128
  13. ibid, 189
  14. ex Official Report of Debates, House of Commons, Third Session, Tenth Parliament (of Canada), 1906-7, vol. 81 (April 11, 1907) : 6445

7 April 2020

tags: approximate poetry; couplets; oddness; those were days