Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BLACK BULL OF ALDGATE, by ALFRED TENNYSON



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BLACK BULL OF ALDGATE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Black bull of aldgate, may thy horns rot from the sockets
Last Line: Than ever hasty clement's did with bloated harry!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Subject(s): Hate; Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


Black Bull of Aldgate, may thy horns rot from the sockets!
For, jingling threepence, porter's pay, in hungry pockets,
And thirty times at least beneath thy doorway stepping
I've waited for this lousy coach that runs to Epping.
Ill luck befall thee, that hast made me so splenetic,
Through all thy holes and closets up from tap to attic,
Through all thy boys and bootses, chambermaids, and waiters,
And yonder booking-office-clerk in fustian gaiters.
Black Bull of Aldgate! mayst thou more miscarry
Than ever hasty Clement's did with bloated Harry!









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