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First Line: A thoughtful brow and face
Last Line: Gnaweth his pen and glareth rabidly.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Editors

A thoughtful brow and face -- of sallow hue,
But warm and welcome, as we find him there,
Throned in his old misnomered "easy chair,"
Scrawling a "leader," or a book-review;
Or staring through the roof for something new
With which to lift a wretched rival's hair,
Or blow some petty clique in empty air
And snap the party-ligaments in two.
A man he is deserving well of thee, --
So be compassionate -- yea, pay thy dues,
Nor pamper him withy spring-poetry,
But haul him wood, or something he can use;
And promptly act., nor tarry long when he
Gnaweth his pen and glareth rabidly.

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