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First Line: Alas! That while the beautiful and strong
Last Line: Should idiot brash go hobbling up to god.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


Alas! that while the beautiful and strong,
The pious and the wise, the grave and gay,
All journey downward by one common way,
Bewailed and honoured yet with flowers and song,
There must come crowding with that serious throng,
Jostling the ranks of that discreet array,
Infirm and scullion spirits of decay,
The dull, the droll, the random and the wrong.
An ape in church, an artificial limb
Tacked to a marble god serene and blind --
For such as BRASH, high death was not designed,
That canonising rite was not for him;
Nor where the Martyr and the Hero trod
Should idiot BRASH go hobbling up to God.





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