Tuesday, September 24, 2013


In the Looking-Glass

St. John Lucas (1879-1934), "The Pessimist," in The Book of the Horace Club, 1898-1901 (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1901), p. 89:
'The world's a nest of nincompoops,' he said;
  'Only a hermit can avoid the Ass,
The Pedant, and the Prig.' Straight home he fled
  And barred the door. When lo! a looking-glass.

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