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I do not write for love of pelf,

Nor lust for phantom fame;

I do not rhyme to please myself,

Nor yet to win acclaim:

No, strange to say it is my plan,

What gifts I have, to lavish

Upon a simple working man


For that's the rather smeary name,

Of dreary toil a hinter,

That heads the galley proofs that came

This morning from my printer;

My patient pencil much they need,

Yet how my eyes they ravish,

As at the top of each I read:


Who is the meek and modest man,

Who puffs no doubt a pipe,

And has my manuscript to scan,

And put in magic type?

Somehow I'm glad that he is not

Iberian or Slavish -

I hail him as a brother Scot,


I do not want to bore him with

My work, I make it snappy;

For even though his name were Smith,

I'd like him to be happy.

I hope, because I'm stumped for rhyme,

He will not think me knavish,

If I should call him just this time:


Forgive me, Friend Mactavish. I

No doubt have cost you curses;

I'm sorry for you as you try

To put my type in verses;

And though new names I know you by,

When of new books creator,

I'll always look on you as my



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