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Norman Rowland Gale (Норман Гейл)

The Hope of Surrey

    When Surrey ladled out defeat,
            Who did it?
    When Notts and Yorks and Kent were beat,
            Who did it?
        Lohmann did--George Lohmann--
        Something like a yeoman,
        Neither fast nor slow man,
            George!

    Surrey wants you--come again!
    England wants you--cross the Main!
            Say Good-bye to
            Capetown sky, you
    Best of Georges, come again!

    Though bowlers good as you should come
            (Not likely!)
    From you to them shall fancy roam?
            Not likely!
        Soldier, sailor, tinker,
        Ev'ry proper thinker,
        Knows you are a clinker,
            George!

    Surrey wants you--come you back!
    England wants you--homeward tack!
            Say Good-bye to
            Capetown sky, you
    Best of Georges, come you back!

    May warmer heavens make you whole
            For Surrey!
    How men would roar to see you bowl
            For Surrey!
        Nurs'd and help'd and mended,
        Truly kept and tended,
        Come and be our splendid
            George!

    Shuter wants you home again!
    England wants you--cross the Main!
            Say Good-bye to
            Capetown sky, you
    George of Georges, come again!

Norman Rowland Gale’s other poems:

  1. The Last Ball of Summer
  2. The Church Cricketant
  3. Revenge
  4. The Commentator
  5. Golf Steals Our Youth




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