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Quotation by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
If the jests that you crack have an orthodox smack,
You may get a bland smile from these sages;
But should it, by chance, be imported from France,
Half-a-crown is stopped out of your wages!
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911), British parodist, librettist. Yeoman of the Guard. . .
Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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