The set of Dickens's works, recently banned from the Belmont Free Library, Geelong, is likely to be restored to the shelves owing to the action of a lady subscriber who is trying to buy in the set for the library.
They were a merrie companie, Who'd dwelt together all these years; A little mixed in type, maybe; Yet prone to mingle now as peers, For old acquaintance sake; and so, Bewilderment about them swirled When told, abruptly, they must go, From these snug shelves, back to the world. Bill Sikes wept over Little Nell; Pickwick and Cratchit cried, "Too bad!" Tom Pinch and Fagin said farewell; Uriah Heep was humbly sad, And Nickleby and Copperfield Shook hands and said, "Good-bye, old man!" And even Daniel Quilp appealed To gods of fiction 'gainst the ban. Smike took his leave of Barney Rudge; Pecksniff pledged Salry one last cup; Micawber vowed he would not budge, For something surely must turn up. And something surely did; for news Now spreads among the exiled clan That some old friend, with kindly views, Proposes to reverse the ban. Sam Weller kisses Sally Brass; Alf Jingle hugs old Bumble tight; Scrooge dances with the Vardon lass, And all are crazy with delight -- Again a merrie companie Or soon to be so, as before. And Swiveller sighs, and says "Thanks be, Safe from my creditors once more!"
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