Stanzas for the Serpentine. A New Song to an Old Tune
Extract, Song, Drollery
The song relates to ice-skating on the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, London. One stanza includes the lines: 'Phrenologists shine forth in their wittiest array; / Sims, for instance, cracks his joke on Tims, who cracks his cranium; / It gets a bump at every fall, like buds on a jeranium; / Which proves, by phrenologic laws, that Tims, (but sure you know it, sir,) / Though he tumbles down a proser, may jump up again a poet, sir'.
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