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William Topaz McGonagall (Уильям Топаз Макгонаголл)


Genius


What is genius?
’Tis a thing seldom rewarded;
If you are in poverty
’Tis sure to be disregarded.
But if you are a rich man
Your company is courted
By the high and the low,
Throughout the world wherever you go.
Whereas the poor man
By his fellow-workmen is spurned;
They look on him with a jealous eye,
And their noses upturn’d,
And they say to themselves,
You are no greater than we;
If you are, show it,
And we’ll all worship thee.
And rally around you,
And applaud you to the skies;
And none of us all
Will ever you despise,
Because you can help yourself,
You are a very great man,
And every one of us
Will do all that we can,
You for to please,
And never will tease,
Nor try to offend you,
By any misbehaviour;
And to court your favour
We will always endeavour.
That is the way genius
Is rewarded;
But if you are in poverty
’Tis sure to be disregarded.



William Topaz McGonagall's other poems:
  1. Drogheda and its Surroundings
  2. Lost on the Prairie
  3. General Roberts in Afghanistan
  4. The Wreck of the Steamer Mohegan
  5. The Pennsylvania Disaster


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Thomas Aird (Томас Эрд) Genius ("Eye of the brain and heart")
  • Lucy Montgomery (Люси Монтгомери) Genius ("A hundred generations have gone into its making")

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