An Interview

Original Text: 
R. F. Murray, The Scarlet Gown: Being Verses by a St. Andrews Man, 2nd edn., intro. by Andrew Lang (Glasgow: James MacLehose, 1909): 56-57. LE M9837sc Robarts Library
1I met him down upon the pier,
2    His eyes were wild and sad,
3And something in them made me fear
4    That he was going mad.
5So, being of a prudent sort,
6    I stood some distance off,
7And before speaking gave a short
8    Conciliatory cough.
9I then observed, 'What makes you look
10    So singularly glum?'
11No notice of my words he took. --
12    I said, 'Pray, are you dumb?'
13'Oh no!' he said, 'I do not think
14    My power of speech is lost,
15But when one's hopes are black as ink,
16    Why, talking is a frost,
17'You see, I'm in for Math. again,
19Please tell me where I could obtain
20    An inexpensive shroud.'
21I told him where such things are had,
22    Well made, and not too dear;
23And, feeling really very sad,
24    I left him on the pier.

Notes

18] ploughed: given a bad failing grade. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1891
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2001
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