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First Line: There's something in a stupid ass
Last Line: And with your place in the excise!
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

THERE'S something in a stupid ass,
And something in a heavy dunce;
But never since I went to school
I heard or saw so damn'd a fool
As William Wordsworth is for once.

And now I've seen so great a fool
As William Wordsworth is for once;
I really wish that Peter Bell
And he who wrote it were in hell,
For writing nonsense for the nonce.

It saw the 'light in ninety-eight,'
Sweet babe of one and twenty years!
And then he gives it to the nation
And deems himself of Shakespeare's peers!

He gives the perfect work to light!
Will Wordsworth, if I might advise,
Content you with the praise you get
From Sir George Beaumont, Baronet,
And with your place in the Excise!

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