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Theo Marzials (1850 – 1920)

British composer, singer and poet.
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Theo Marzials
Am I not the darling of the British Museum reading room?
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The barges down in the river flop.
Flop, plop,
Above, beneath.
From the slimy branches the grey drips drop...
To the oozy waters, that lounge and flop...
And my head shrieks--"Stop"
And my heart shrieks--"Die."...
[T]he handsomest, the wittiest, the most brilliant and the most charming of poets. On the last occasion when I happened to catch sight of him, looking into a case of stuffed birds at South Kensington Museum, he had eaten five large chocolate creams in the space of two minutes. He had a career tragic in the extreme and, as I believe, is now dead.

Marzials Theo quotes
And also thereís a little star
So white a virginís it must be:ó
Perhaps the lamp my love in heaven
Hangs out to light the way for me.
Marzials Theo
ďAhoy! and Oho, and itís whoís for the ferry?Ē
(The brierís in bud and the sun going down:)
ďAnd Iíll row ye so quick and Iíll row ye so steady,
And ít is but a penny to Twickenham Town.
Theo Marzials quotes
I have read a rondeau or rondel by Marzials in the Athenaeum beginning and ending "When I see you": it was very graceful and shewing an art and finish rare in English verse. This makes me the more astonished about Flop flop.
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