Poem: To a Budding Bard by La Touche Hancock

Retire into your writing den,
   Put beeswax on your easy chair,
Take reams of paper, nib your pen,
   And ruffle your poetic hair!  

Don't write of love -- it's out of date --
   But try your hand at something new;
Work out a subject really great,
   And make it brilliant, if not true!

And, if you're lacking for some rhymes,
   Look up the poets -- they'll supply you --
'Tis one of those quite venial crimes,
   For which the public won't decry you!

You pause in doubt? A phase of Greek
   Will turn your lines in proper metre;
Or, if in French a rhyme you seek,
   Your verses will appear much sweeter.

And then I think, if I were you,
   I wouldn't send them to the papers,
But twist them up -- I often do --
   Into the neatest smoking papers.

First published in The Australian Town and Country Journal, 30 December 1903

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