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Book Borrower

 I am a mild man, you'll agree,
 But red my rage is,
When folks who borrow books from me
 Turn down their pages.
Or when a chap a book I lend, And find he's loaned it Without permission to a friend - As if he owned it.
But worst of all I hate those crooks (May hell-fires burn them!) Who beg the loan of cherished books And don't return them.
My books are tendrils of myself No shears can sever .
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May he who rapes one from its shelf Be damned forever.

Poem by Robert William Service
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