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The Eighth Sin  (1912) 
by Christopher Morley

THE EIGHTH SIN

C. D. MORLEY

THE EIGHTH SIN.

THE EIGHTH SIN

BY

C. D. MORLEY

"There is no greater Sin after the seven deadly than to flatter oneself into an idea of being a great Poet." Letters of John Keats.

OXFORD
B. H. BLACKWELL, BROAD STREET
LONDON

SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO. LIMITED
MCMXII

One must have an excuse. The only one I can offer is that many of these verses have already been refused (with charming tact) by reputable journals. According to the canons of one whose opinion I much value in these matters, that makes them all the more worthy of publication.

I wish I might include a poem by Lord Byron, which I passed off on this same critic as one of my own. He was gracious enough to remark, "Not bad for a beginner!" May he be as lenient towards these!

The publishers of the Isis and the Vanity have kindly allowed me to reprint some verses which they chaperoned in the first instance.

New College,
November, 1912.

"TO THE ONLY BEGETTER."

TO you I sing. To you alone
These rhymes in no uncertain tone
A message bring. Let others hint
They are not worth the ink to print—
Of others I am heedless grown.

Chilled by the bookshop's frigid zone
These rhymes in haste to you have flown,
Fleeing the critic's heart of flint
To you they sing.

I have no fear lest you postpone
Your gentle judgement. I have known
Your gracious favour has no stint,
You'll say (your cheek a rosier tint),
"I like them, for they are his own"—
To you I sing.

CONTENTS.


PAGE
The Rhymester's Switch 11
Ars Poetica 12
To Nancy 14
Mint Julep Night 15
Ad Velocipedem 16
La Belle Dame avec Merci 17
The Passionate Student to his Junior Bursar 18
The Weathercock 20
A Treacle Tart 22
Twilight 23
To Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens 24
Old Quaker Wood 25
For a Nineteenth Birthday 26
Ballade of Shop-Windows in the High 27
Our House 29
Ballade of March 31
The Editor Regrets 33
A Song of the Steerage 34
On Reading some Testimonials 36
The Exile and the Rock Limpet 38
To Venus in the Ashmolean 40
White Magic 43
Ballade of a Change of Abode 44
Ballade of Mr. Pepys 46
To R. L. S. 48
All Lovely Things 49
From Arthur's Seat 50
Song 51
To Jessie Willcox Smith 52
Trinoctio Abesse 54
Robin Herrick in Eights Week 55
The Blue Tree 56
Rondel 57
Ballade of Songs Unsung 58


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


The author died in 1957, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.