James Kenneth Stephen

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James Kenneth Stephen

James Kenneth Stephen (25 February 18593 February 1892) was an English poet, and tutor to Prince Albert Victor, eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales.


  • To see Good Tennis! What divine joy
    Can fill our leisure, or our minds employ?
    Let other people play at other things;
    The King of Games is still the Game of Kings.
    • Parker's Piece.
  • Will there never come a season
    Which shall rid us from the curse?
    Of a prose which knows no reason
    And an unmelodious verse:
    When the world shall cease to wonder
    At the genius of an Ass,
    And a boy's eccentric blunder
    Shall not bring success to pass:

    When mankind shall be delivered
    From the clash of magazines,
    And the inkstand shall be shivered
    Into countless smithereens:
    When there stands a muzzled stripling,
    Mute, beside a muzzled bore:
    When the Rudyards cease from Kipling
    And the Haggards Ride no more.

    • To R. K.
  • I do not want to see that girl again:
    I did not like her: and I should not mind
    If she were done away with, killed, or ploughed.
    She did not seem to serve a useful end :
    And certainly she was not beautiful.
    • In the Backs.
  • There were two good fellows I used to know.
    --How distant it all appears!
    We played together in football weather,
    And messed together for years:
    Now one of them's wed, and the other's dead
    So long that he's hardly missed
    Save by us, who messed with him years ago:
    But we're all in the old School List.
    • The Old School List.
  • Republic of the West,
    Enlightened, free, sublime,
    Unquestionably best
    Production of our time.
    • England and America.
  • In short, if your body or mind
    Or your soul or your purse come to grief,
    You need only get drunk, and you'll find
    Complete and immediate relief.
    • Drinking Song.

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