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ON SEEING AN OLD POET IN THE CAFE ROYAL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw him in the cafe royal
Last Line: And cheroots upon the floor.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


I saw him in the Café Royal,
Very old and very grand.
Modernistic shone the lamplight
There in London's fairyland.
'Devilled chicken. Devilled whitebait.
Devil if I understand.

'Where is Oscar? Where is Bosie?
Have I seen that man before?
And the old one in the corner,
Is it really Wratislaw?'
Scent of Tutti-Frutti-Sen-Sen
And cheroots upon the floor.





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