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First Line: Lush orchid-blooms a-shimmer
Last Line: "to the ritz!"
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets

Lush orchid-blooms a-shimmer,
Breath of the summer sea,
And maiden fancies dimmer
Than dreams of dreams can be --
Such imagery surprising,
Such lyrics rich and rare
Are used in advertising

Like Orient scent that lingers,
Than nard more sweet, or myrrh,
Like touch of fairy fingers
On harps of gossamer --
So sound, in tropic phrasing,
The Ad-man's dulcet tones,
Melodiously praising

No more the Bard addresses
His passion to the moon,
He charms no shepherdesses
With Beauty till they swoon;
No more he sets us sighing
With sadness of his dreams --
He woos us into buying
Facial creams.

Ah, say not that our age is
A tough one for the Bard,
He sells his stuff by pages,
He sells it by the yard;
The treasuries of Ophir
Yield tribute to his wits;
At night he tells his chauffeur --
"To the Ritz!"

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