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Poem by William Topaz McGonagall


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 upturnd,
And they say to themselves,
You are no greater than we;
If you are, show it,
And well 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


William Topaz McGonagall's other poems:
  1. The Faithful Dog Fido
  2. An Address to the Rev. George Gilfillan
  3. Hawthornden
  4. Grace Darling
  5. The Sprig of Moss


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