J. C. Squire

British poet, writer, historian, and literary editor
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!"

Sir John Collings Squire (2 April 188420 December 1958) was a British poet, writer, historian, and influential literary editor of the post-World War I period.

QuotesEdit

  • 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:
Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, Let Newton be! — and all was light.
  • As quoted in The Epigrammatists : A Selection from the Epigrammatic Literature of Ancient, Mediæval, and Modern Times (1875) by Henry Philip Dodd, p. 329.
  • 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.

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