The Great War

from Retrogression and Other Poems: Electronic Edition

To—

AT first I almost thought that your fine gift.

Your noble genius for depreciation,

Had given a happy and a timely lift

To poor old Shakespeare's tottering reputa-

tion.

But much I doubt, reading once more his page,

Whether such proud advertisement it

needed!

No,—'twill be sweet when you have reached a

stage

By ripeness oft preceded.