Quotation by Charles Dickens

I'll sing you a new ballad, and I'll warrant it first-rate,
Of the days of that old gentleman who had that old estate;
When they spent the public money at a bountiful old rate
On ev'ry mistress, pimp, and scamp, at ev'ry noble gate,
In the fine old English Tory times;
Charles Dickens (1812–1890), British poet. The Fine Old English Gentleman; New Version (l. 1–5).

OBSV. Oxford Book of Satirical Verse, The. Geoffrey Grigson, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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