Works in the Herald 1933

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!"

Herald, 24 June 1933, p6

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