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A LUNCHEON (THOMAS HARDY ENTERTAINS THE PRINCE OF WALES), by            
First Line: Lift latch, step in, be welcome, sir
Last Line: Farewell, farewell, your royal highness.
Alternate Author Name(s): Beerbohm, Max
Subject(s): Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928); Poetry & Poets


Lift latch, step in, be welcome, Sir,
Albeit to see you I'm unglad
And your face is fraught with a deathly shyness
Bleaching what pink it may have had,
Come in, come in, Your Royal Highness.

Beautiful weather? — Sir, that's true,
Though the farmers are casting rueful looks
At tilth's and pasture's dearth of spryness. —
Yes, Sir, I've written several books. —
A little more chicken, Your Royal Highness?

Lift latch, step out, your car is there,
To bear you hence from this antient vale.
We are both of us aged by our strange brief nighness,
But each of us lives to tell the tale.
Farewell, farewell, Your Royal Highness.





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