Punch,  44 (1863), 256–57.

Crawley and Lilley



Poetry, Drollery


Animal Behaviour, Cruelty, Human Development, Analogy

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    A response to the trial of Col. Crawley, who was charged with cruelty towards Sgt.-Maj. John Lilley—behaviour which allegedly led to the death of the latter. This poem likens Crawley to a snake that provokes feelings of disgust. He is represented as 'some slow, slimy, cold, creeping thing, / Big with venom, to wrath slowly wrought', and an 'adder coiled under the stone' with a 'wriggling circuitous coil'. It warns of Crawley's 'quick double tongue in its head, / The gleam of its cold cruel eye, / The foul fetid slave o' spread / The victim 'twill crush by-and-by'.

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