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November 12, 2014

Juicy Quote IX

Filed under: Juicy Quotes,Philosophy — camcintosh @ 7:16 pm

Ballade of a Poor Book-Lover

I.

Though in its stern vagaries Fate
A poor book-lover me decreed,
Perchance mine is a happy state
The books I buy I like to read:
To me dear friends they are indeed,
But, hoew’er enviously I sigh,
Of other take I little heed
The books I read I like to buy.

II.

My depth of purse is not so great
Nor yet my bibliophilic greed,
That merely buying doth elate:
The books I buy I like to read:
Still e’en when dawdling in a mead,
Beneath a cloudless summer sky,
By bank of Thames, or Tyne, or Tweed,
The books I read — I like to buy.

III.

Some books tho’ tooled in style ornate,
Yet worms upon their contents feed,
Some men about their bindings prate —
The books I buy I like to read:
Yet some day may my fancy breed
My ruin — it may now be nigh —
They reap, we know, who sow the seed:
The books I read I like to buy

ENVOY

Tho’ frequently to stall I speed,
The books I buy I like to read;
Yet wealth to me will never hie —
The books I read I like to buy.

―A. Edward Newton, The Amenities of Book Collecting and Kindred Affections (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1918), pp. 69-70.

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