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THREE MINUS ONE (REFRAIN SUGGESTED BY DR. RICHARD HOFFMAN), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: There were three that sailed away one night
Last Line: And god.
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors; Seamen; Sails


(Refrain suggested by Dr. Richard Hoffman)
There were Three that sailed away one night
Far from the madding throng
And two of the three were always Right
While every one else was wrong;
But they took the other along, it's true,
To bear them companee,
For He was the only one ever knew
Why the other two should Be,
And so they sailed away, these three,
Mencken
Nathan
And God.

And the two they talked of the Aims of Art
Which they alone understood,
And they quite agreed from the very start
That nothing was any good,
Except some novels that Dreiser wrote
And some plays from Germanee.
When God protested they rocked the boat
And dropped Him into the sea,
"For you have no critical facultee,"
Said Mencken
And Nathan
To God.

Mencken and Nathan came sailing home
Over the surging tide,
And trod once more on their native loam
Wholly self-satisfied,
And the little group that calls them great
Welcomed them fawninglee,
Though why the rest of us tolerate
This precious pair, must be
Something nobody else can see
But Mencken
Nathan
And God.





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