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Prelude

Robert Service

They say that rhyme and rhythm are
        Outmoded now.
I do not know, for I am far
        From high of brow.
But if the twain you take away,
        Since basely bred,
Proud Poetry, I dare to say,
        Would scarce be read.
        
With humble heart I thus define
        My rôle in rhyme:
Oh may I never write a line
        That does not chime.
And though a verse be nigh as sweet
        As honey-comb,
To please me, let it have the beat
        Of metronome.

So to my modest muse I give
        A grateful pen;
Of lowliness I sing, who live
        With lowly men.
And though I never cease to grieve
        Poetic lack,
I do my best,--please take or leave
        A Verseman's Pack.

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