The Books of To-day and the Books of To-morrow, April 1904



BEFORE the strenuous attack
The Cotton corner soon fell through;
And Sully now is looking black,
As ‘corner-men’ are wont to do.

2. M.C.C. a painful shock it
Is to learn you’re out of pocket;
The announcement pained me deeply
When I read it.
But away with vain repinings:
Clouds have always silver linings.
If you’ve lost some cash, you’ve gained a
Lot of credit.

3. This war isn’t quite the right sort.
It’s a bit of a swindle, in short.
If they can’t see their way
To a fight every day,
The Press will withdraw its support.

4. A fair politician called Fanny
Pursues a most excellent plan. He
Ignores each defeat
Which he happens to meet
With a cheerfulness almost uncanny.

5. The traveller in the morning train
Looks blithe, as one from care released.
He wears no more an air of pain;
With smiles of joy his face is creased.
His whole demeanour makes it plain
Those Kipling parodies have ceased.



Printed unsigned; entered by Wodehouse in Money Received for Literary Work.