Thursday, June 03, 2004

'Omer Stole It

Courtesy of Rudyard Kipling, a reminder of what really is behind the Iliad:

When 'Omer smote his bloomin' lyre,
He'd 'eard men sing by land and sea;
An' what he thought 'e might require,
'E went an' took -- the same as me.

The market girls and fishermen,
The shepherds and the sailors, too,
They 'eard old songs turn up again,
But kep' it quiet -- same as you.

They knew 'e stole; 'e knew they knowed.
They didn't tell, nor make a fuss,
But winked at 'Omer down the road,
An' 'e winked back -- the same as us.

(Preface to the "Barrack-Room Ballads")

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