William Schwenck Gilbert ( )


Songs of a Savoyard. The Policemans Lot


When a felons not engaged in his employment,
   Or maturing his felonious little plans,
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
   Is just as great as any honest mans.
Our feelings we with difficulty smother
   When constabulary dutys to be done:
Ah, take one consideration with another,
   A policemans lot is not a happy one!

When the enterprising burglar isnt burgling,
   When the cut-throat isnt occupied in crime,
He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling,
   And listen to the merry village chime.
When the costers finished jumping on his mother,
   He loves to lie a-basking in the sun:
Ah, take one consideration with another,
   The policemans lot is not a happy one!



William Schwenck Gilbert's other poems:
  1. The Bab Ballads. Haunted
  2. The Bab Ballads. The Phantom Curate
  3. The Bab Ballads. The Force of Argument
  4. The Modest Couple
  5. The Bab Ballads. Ferdinando and Elvira; or, the Gentle Pieman


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