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The Bells of School
THE BELLS OF SCHOOL
(A Parody of "The Bells of Ostend')
How loud the tuneless schoolbell's clanging peal!
As when at dawning day the chilling breeze
Strikes on my quailing soul to make it freeze,
So piercing to my head their force I feel.
And bark! with awful cadence now they toll,
And now along the brown and rugged road
They hurl their dreaded summons far abroad,
Bidding me make reluctant way to school.
On summer days, in those delightful years
When with my happy dreams, serene, sublime
I now could be, save for their piercing chime
First wakening my saddened childhood into tears!
And starting now, long ere day should begin,
Come sounds of sorrow, doomed to ever ring.
MARGARET FUSSELL, 4th Year
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