J. C. Squire
British poet, writer, historian, and literary editor
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- God heard the embattled nations sing and shout
"Gott strafe England" and "God save the King!"
God this, God that, and God the other thing –
"Good God!" said God, "I've got my work cut out!"
- On the outbreak of the First World War, from Epigrams (1916).
- It did not last: the devil, shouting "Ho.
Let Einstein be," restored the status quo.
- "In continuation of Pope on Newton" from Poems (1926); Squire is here extending upon the famous statement of Alexander Pope:
- The better production of our generation has been mainly lyrical and it has been widely diffused.
- Selections from Modern Poets, Complete Edition (1927), p. vi.
- And I've swallowed, I grant, a beer of lot -
But 'I'm not so think as you drunk I am.
- Ballade of Soporific Absorption (1931).
- Now there once was a lass, and a very pretty lass,
And she was an isotope's daughter
- The Lass o' the Lab - A Modern Folksong.
- At last incapable of further harm,
The lewd forefathers of the village sleep.
- If Gray had had to write his Elegy in the Cemetery of Spoon River instead of in that of Stoke Poges.