J. K. Stephen, Quo Musa Tendis? (Cambridge: Macmillan and Bowes, 1891), p. 43. PR 5473 S4Q8 1891 Robarts Library.
1At school I sometimes read a book,
2 And learned a lot of lessons;
3Some small amount of pains I took,
4 And showed much acquiescence
5In what my masters said, good men!
6 Yet after all I quite
7Forgot the most of it: but then
8 I learned to write.
10 Abstract a title, study
11Great paper-piles, beyond belief
12 Inelegant and muddy:
13The whole of these as time went by
14 I soon forgot: indeed
15I tried to: yes: but by and by
16 I learned to read.
17By help of Latin, Greek and Law
18 I now can write and read too:
19Then perish each forgotten saw,
20 Each fact I do not need too:
21But still whichever way I turn
22 At one sad task I stick:
23I fear that I shall never learn
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