Quotation by Charles Dickens

In those rare days, the press was seldom known to snarl or bark,
But sweetly sang of men in pow'r, like any tuneful lark;
Grave judges, too, to all their evil deeds were in the dark;
And not a man in twenty score knew how to make his mark.
Oh the fine old English Tory times;
Charles Dickens (1812–1890), British poet. The Fine Old English Gentleman; New Version (l. 25–30).

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