Epitah On The Politician Himself

Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The Politician's corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged
I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged.

Another on the Same

This, the last ornament among the peers,
Bribed, bullied, swindled and blackmailed for years:
But Death's what even Politicians fail
To bribe or swindle, bully or blackmail.


On Another Politician

The Politician, dead and turned to clay,
Will make a clout to keep the wind away.
I am not fond of draughts, and yet I doubt
If I could get myself to touch that clout.


On Yet Another

Fame to her darling Shifter glory gives;
And Shifter is immortal while he lives.


Epitah Upon Himself

Lauda tu Ilarion audacem et splendidum,
Who was always beginning things and never ended 'em.

by Hilaire Belloc

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Humorous thoughts on politicians. A truth so nicely described in these lines: 'But Death's what even Politicians fail To bribe or swindle, bully or blackmail'.
oh how things rarely change, Bellocs poem is as relevant today as it was when he was alive. Where democracies are becoming corrupt, and demagogues are one the rise, politicians are the kings of lies. But Death's what even Politicians fail To bribe or swindle, bully or blackmail. the reaper has his work cut out
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged. a very good poem..
Fame to her darling Shifter glory gives; And Shifter is immortal while he lives.
Good poem depicting the poet's attitude to politicians
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