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Book Borrower

Robert Service

I am a mild man, you'll agree,
        But red my rage is,
When folks who borrow books from me
        Turn down their pages.

Or when a chap a book I lend,
        And find he's loaned it
Without permission to a friend -
        As if he owned it.

But worst of all I hate those crooks
        (May hell-fires burn them!)
Who beg the loan of cherished books
        And don't return them.

My books are tendrils of myself
        No shears can sever . . .
May he who rapes one from its shelf
        Be damned forever.

Added: 29 Jun 2002 | Last Read: 11 Dec 2018 2:31 AM | Viewed: 4410 times

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