J. C. Squire

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God heard the embattled nations sing and shout
"Gott strafe England" and "God save the King!"
God this, God that, and God the other thing –
"Good God!" said God, "I've got my work cut out!"

Sir John Collings Squire (2 April 188420 December 1958) was a British poet, writer, historian, and influential literary editor of the post-World War I period.


  • It did not last: the devil, shouting "Ho.
    Let Einstein be," restored the status quo.
    • "In continuation of Pope on Newton" from Poems (1926); Squire is here extending upon the famous statement of Alexander Pope:
Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, Let Newton be! — and all was light.
  • As quoted in The Epigrammatists : A Selection from the Epigrammatic Literature of Ancient, Mediæval, and Modern Times (1875) by Henry Philip Dodd, p. 329.
  • The better production of our generation has been mainly lyrical and it has been widely diffused.
    • Selections from Modern Poets, Complete Edition (1927), p. vi.
  • And I've swallowed, I grant, a beer of lot -
    But 'I'm not so think as you drunk I am.
    • Ballade of Soporific Absorption (1931).
  • Now there once was a lass, and a very pretty lass,
    And she was an isotope's daughter
    • The Lass o' the Lab - A Modern Folksong.
  • At last incapable of further harm,
    The lewd forefathers of the village sleep.
    • If Gray had had to write his Elegy in the Cemetery of Spoon River instead of in that of Stoke Poges.
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