A Chapter of Ifs
Extract, Poetry, Drollery
New Monthly Magazine
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Among the 'ifs' are the following: 'If ruin'd men were fond of Quod [i.e. prison], / Mechanics of the loom, / A schoolboy might admire the rod, / And North [presumably a reference to 'Christopher North' (i.e. John Wilson) of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine] might flatter Brougham [...] If laudanum were a lively thing, / A sermon might amuse [...] If gas contractors kept their words, / We'd pension off the sun' (316).
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