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Post by aradlaw » March 24th, 2017, 7:17 pm

To The Common Golfer by T. W. H. Crosland (c. 1865 - 1924).

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Thomas William Hodgson Crosland was a British author, poet, journalist and friend of royalty. ( Wikipedia)
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My dear Common Golfer,—
The game you affect
Is a great game
Played by yourself
And all the crowned heads of Europe,
Not to mention all the fat persons who desire to bant,
All the thin persons who desire to become
Vigorous and muscular, as it were,
All the clerks who desire to pass for dukes,
And all the dukes who relish the society of clerks.
It is a great game:
The people who play it are not the fault of the game.
It is also a good game.
If I am not mistaken,
It is a game that originally came out of Scotland;
Therefore it must be a good game.
For everything that comes out of Scotland is good,
Even the Scot.
And golf being a great and good game
I do not see any tremendous reason
Why you, my dear Common Golfer,
Should not engage in it if you so choose.
On the other hand, I wish from the bottom of my heart
That you did not engage in it.
I know a bank
Whereon the wild thyme blows
(Or ought to blow):
Oft of a pleasant summer morn
Have I taken a cheap ticket
To a station which is not far from that bank,
And there (on the bank, that is to say) reclined me
What time I looked up into the blue dome,
And watched the lazy-pacing clouds,
And flicked away the midges,
And wished my name was Corydon,
And remembered bits of Keats
And bits of Herrick
And bits of business,
And so forth.
Oft, I say, have I done these things;
But of late I no longer do them,
Inasmuch as my bank
Has become (if I may so term it)
Golf-ridden.
The other day I repaired to the said bank
On rural musings bent.
What did I find?
Why, my dear old thymy bank
Was in the possession
Of half a dozen gross fellows in red coats,
Thy had pipes in their mouths,
And a jar of beer in their midst,
And they were actually talking and laughing
In the most uproarious fashion.
I heard one of them say
"Why did Arthur Bawl-Fore?"
And the others thought hard,
And trifled with their brassies and things,
And could not make answer.
O, my dear Common Golfer,
You were of that party;
You were;
You are always of such parties,
You are always sitting
On other people's thymy banks,
And saying, "Why did So-and-so so-and-so?"
And depleting village public-houses of good beer,
And turning whole village populations into caddies,
And dotting the landscape with your red coats,
And generally appropriating the fair face of Nature.
I cannot stop you, my dear Common Golfer,
I cannot, O I cannot!
Would that I could. O would that I could!
In which case, perhaps, I wouldn't.
No, my dear boy,
Rural England is yours,
Also the sea-side,
Take them, old man, take them;
I hand them over to you with the best heart in the world.
Take them—they are yours—
And excuse these tears.


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Post by GregGiordano » March 29th, 2017, 1:26 am

Here is my contribution to this project -

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/commongolfer_crosland_gg_128kb.mp3

Run time is 4:24

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Post by WiltedScribe » March 30th, 2017, 2:44 pm

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Post by aradlaw » March 31st, 2017, 8:58 am

Thank you Greg and Tomas. :thumbs:
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Post by SaraHale » April 1st, 2017, 8:48 am

Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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Post by aradlaw » April 1st, 2017, 5:56 pm

Thank you Sara. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » April 5th, 2017, 8:55 am

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » April 10th, 2017, 6:27 pm

Thank you Ian. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » April 12th, 2017, 5:33 pm

Thank you Algy. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » April 16th, 2017, 6:44 am

Thanks to all who reclined on yon thymy banks to read this poem. :clap:

This project is now complete!
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