Saturday, April 21, 2018

Something considerably worse

While browsing in The New Oxford Book of English Light Verse chosen and edited by Kingsley Amis:

The Revolutionaries
R.P. Lister
O TREMBLE, all ye earthly Princes,
  Bow down the crowned and chrism'd nob;
Wise is the Potentate that winces
  At the just clamour of the mob.
Shiver, ye Bishops, doff your mitres,
  Huddle between your empty pews
Here comes a horde of left-wing writers
  Brandishing salmon-pink reviews.
Comes the New Age. Your outworn faces
  Vanish at our enlightened curse,
While we erect in your old places
  Something considerably worse.