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First Line: Outside it's been snowing
Last Line: A russian romance!
Subject(s): Books; Death; Reading; Dead, The


Outside it's been snowing
For more than a week,
The winter wind's blowing
With blood-chilling shriek;
Inside we've no fuel
No meat and no bread—
My Gawd, life is cruel!
And all hope is fled.

My sweetheart has died of
A cyanide pill;
She lies by the side of
My half-brother Bill,
Who's stabbed in three places
Including the neck!
How calm are their faces
Amid all the wreck!

So, listless and flaccid,
I sit here and think;
With carbolic acid
All ready to drink.
I've murdered, unheeding,
My uncles and aunts,
For I have been reading
A Russian Romance!





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