A Pleasant Invective Against Printing
"Flee from the Prees, and dwelle with sothfastnesse."
--Chaucer, "Balade de Bon Conseil"
- THE Press is too much with us, small and great:
- We are undone of chatter and on dit,
- Report, retort, rejoinder, repartee,
- Mole-hill and mare's nest, fiction up-to-date,
- Babble of booklets, bicker of debate,
- Aspect of A., and attitude of B.--
- A waste of words that drive us like a sea,
- Mere derelict of Ourselves, and helpless freight!
- "O for a lodge in some vast wilderness!"
- Some region unapproachable of Print,
- Where never cablegram could gain access,
- And telephones were not, nor any hint
- Of tidings new or old, but Man might pipe
- His soul to Nature,-- careless of the Type!
- Austin Dobson