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Famous Alderman Poems by Famous Poets

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...must wonder what you think of him -- 
All you down there where your small Avon flows
By Stratford, and where you're an Alderman.
Some, for a guess, would have him riding back
To be a farrier there, or say a dyer;
Or maybe one of your adept surveyors;
Or like enough the wizard of all tanners.
Not you -- no fear of that; for I discern
In you a kindling of the flame that saves--
The nimble element, the true caloric;
I see it, and was told of it, moreover,
By our discrim...Read More

by Jonson, Ben
...those outward forms, all fools are wise. Nor that your beauty wanted not a dower, Do I reflect.   Some alderman has power, Or cozening farmer of the customs, soAnd raise not virtue ;  they may vice enhance. My mirror is more subtle, clear, refined, And.takes and gives the beauties of the mind ; Though it reject not those of fortune :  such As blood, and match.  Wherein, how more than much Are you engaged to your happy fate,...Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
...ghtway the pitchers were empty.

And if, children, with kindness address'd ye may be,
Whether father, or master, or alderman he,

Obey him, and follow his bidding!
And if 'tis unpleasant to bridle the tongue,
Yet talking is bad, silence good for the young--

And then will the beer fill your pitchers!

1813....Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
Then I saw a policeman dragging a drunken man to
the callaboose. It was the Government in action.
I saw a ward alderman slip into an office one morning
and talk with a judge. Later in the day the judge
dismissed a case against a pickpocket who was a
live ward worker for the alderman. Again I saw
this was the Government, doing things.
I saw militiamen level their rifles at a crowd of
workingmen who were trying to get other workingmen
to stay away from a sh...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...To sitten in a guild-hall, on the dais. 
Evereach, for the wisdom that he can*, *knew
Was shapely* for to be an alderman. *fitted
For chattels hadde they enough and rent,
And eke their wives would it well assent:
And elles certain they had been to blame.
It is full fair to be y-clep'd madame,
And for to go to vigils all before,
And have a mantle royally y-bore.

A COOK they hadde with them for the nones*, *occasion
To boil the chickens and the marrow b...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
Nor spent more Money in the Town 
Than bought, when need requir'd, a Gown; 
Which way of Living much offends 
The Alderman, who gets and spends, 
And grudges him the Vital Air, 
Who drives no Trade, and takes no Care. 
Why Bookworm! to him once he cry'd, 
Why, setting thus the World aside, 
Dost thou thy useless Time consume, 
Enclos'd within a lonely Room, 
And poring damnify thy Wit, 
'Till not for Men, or Manners fit ? 
Hop'st thou, with urging of thy Vein, 
To s...Read More

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