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Poem by Norman Rowland Gale


Astronomers, working like niggers,
Neck-deep in morasses of figures,
From Cricketing vainly would wean us
With diagrams, even of Venus.

We rather would watch a good bowler
Than Bears, be they little or Polar;
And bar, though of masculine genus,
Wise talk on the Transit of Venus.

When Ladies at _Lords_ saunter gaily
With Parsons (not musing on Paley),
Old friend of my boyhood, between us,
Then, _then_ is the Transit of Venus!

Norman Rowland Gale

Norman Rowland Gale's other poems:
  1. Quinquaginta Annos Natus
  2. Chuck Her Up
  3. Out
  4. England v. Australia
  5. A Boundary

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