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First Line: Oh, nothing in all life worse is
Last Line: And the editor's waiting outside.
Subject(s): Writer's Block


OH, nothing in all life worse is,
For abating superfluous pride,
Than having to scribble on verses
With the editor waiting outside;
I am hearing a lecture on Shelley,
Where I ought to be able to dream,
But my brain is as vapid as jelly,
And I cannot alight on a theme.

The bell rings. My friend, the Professor,
Is beginning to read out the roll.
How time drags! Am I present? Oh, yes, sir,
But, oh, what a blank is my soul.
I fear that my cunning has left me,
Inspiration refuses to guide,
The muse of her aid has bereft me,
And the editor's waiting outside.





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