Envoi (Carryl)

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Envoi
by Guy Wetmore Carryl
This is the final poem, in the nature of an epilogue, of Carryl’s 1902 anthology Grimm Tales Made Gay. The poems in the anthology are parodies of Grimm's Fairy Tales. In this poem, “Levering” is an allusion to Albert Levering, who illustrated the volume.

Now don’t go and say you’d a dim
      Idea of these stories before,
For I’ve frankly confessed them from Grimm,
      The monarch of magical lore:
And if, by repeating, I took
      Your time, I will candidly vow
This moral (the last in the book)
      Has never been published till now!

The Moral: The skeleton’s Grimm,
      But I have supplied the apparel,
So it’s fifty per cent. of it Him,
      And it’s fifty per cent. of it Carryl.
But still (from the personal severing,
      For it isn’t my nature to grump,)
I acknowledge a measure of Levering
      Levering-ed the whole of the lump!