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Page 102 text:
Now if M iss Bowen just could see
A poetls fame ahead for me,
If she proclaimed the fact abroad
To all our honored faculty,
Perhaps theykl giye me better marks.
And then how happy I should be!
If she would drop a hint upstairs,
Miss Gurd might sometime cease to think
That I was dull and empty-brained;
And maybe she would see at last
That fame is reached by writing verse
And not by algebra at all.
And then again, she might in time
Cease handing problems out to me,
That I more time might have to write,
The quicker to become renowned.
But 0, I'm so afraid shelll think
Of Tennysons there are enough,
Those views of hers remain unchanged;
And then. 0 dear! what shall I do?
I know! 1,11 gently whisp
Her ear of honor also comQ
To her betimes, because
' Aid me to fame by giving :2:
A chance to write like one 2
And then like the remainder?
The faculty, how very prOu'
Shelll surely be to think xha.
Had helped discover me, they,
Loved, greatest poet of the jtj;
And now the moral of my ta
ls this: 0 Honored Faculty?
Please, never force a child t;
A thing for which he has nab
To do-but rather let him d:-
His will, for fear you shoul
The world of some great u
Unknown as yet to mortals
Page 101 text:
Tennyson and His Would-be Rival
Or, A Hint to the Faculty.
5 eighteen hundred nine,
led came to this world,
men stepped into line,
'f'ghtway to write us verse.
TV bright was he
5;; thematics hard,
failed to learn a thing
u ning of a B!
9: scolded, begged and plead,
a avail, alas!
7 Alfred Tennyson,
lam his algebra.
a 's talent great
Cd forth to all around
??English teacher smile
e saw future fame
fit in store for him.
hard, to think
The mathematics teacher saw
Nov future looming bright and fair,
But said such stupidness she would
Not bear; and therefore Alfred stood
The lowest of this trying class.
But as the years sped swiftly by,
His verses were called poems great,
And honors everywhere were heaped
Upon this boy once known to be
So dull in mathematics class.
And thus we see that ytis through verse
And not through stupid algebra
T'hat fame was led to come his way.
And now, alas! I must confess
That I, like T ennys-on, have toiled,
Becoming thin and pale and 01d,
W ith ne'er an E to show for all
The tablets I have figured o'er
W ith algebra and other hard
And dreadful problems long and short.
Page 103 text:
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