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Briefless Ballads and Legal Lyrics Second Series   By: (1851-1911)

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Briefless Ballads and Legal Lyrics Second Series by James Williams is a delightful collection of witty and amusing poems that provide a humorous insight into the legal profession. The author, an experienced barrister himself, skillfully crafts verses that not only entertain but also cleverly explore the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the legal world.

What sets this book apart is its ability to blend satire and comedy with a keen understanding of the intricacies of the legal system. Williams effortlessly navigates the various aspects of law, effortlessly weaving his knowledge into verses that leave the readers chuckling. Each poem is a witty tale in itself, reflecting the author's sharp observational skills and a playful indictment of the absurdities of the legal profession.

The poems cover various aspects of the legal world, from the trials and tribulations of barristers to the peculiar habits of judges. Williams does not shy away from highlighting the idiosyncrasies of the courtroom, delving into the world of archaic legal jargon and the occasional pomp and circumstance that accompanies it. Through clever wordplay and a sly sense of humor, he pokes fun at both the system and the people involved, offering readers an enjoyable glimpse behind the scenes.

Furthermore, the book is exquisitely written, with each poem displaying the author's command over language and rhyme. The rhyming schemes effortlessly carry the humorous tone, and the verses flow seamlessly, enhancing the overall reading experience. Williams' writing style is lighthearted yet clever, making it accessible to both legal enthusiasts and poetry lovers alike.

One of the standout aspects of this collection is its universal appeal. Despite being centered around the legal profession, many of the poems touch upon familiar themes that are relatable to a broader audience. From the struggles of a novice lawyer trying to make a name for themselves to the bittersweet experience of a retiring judge, the poems explore human emotions and experiences that extend beyond the legal confines. This universality adds a layer of depth and resonance to the collection, making it a compelling read for anyone seeking humor and insight.

Briefless Ballads and Legal Lyrics Second Series is an absolute joy to read and a testament to James Williams' wit and skill as both a barrister and a poet. It offers a refreshing perspective on the legal world, blending humor and satire with an astute understanding of the profession. Whether you're a legal expert or simply enjoy a good laugh, this book is an absolute must-read.

First Page:

BRIEFLESS BALLADS

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

SIMPLE STORIES OF LONDON VERSES SUITABLE FOR RECITATION Crown 8vo, cloth, price 1s. 6d.

ETHANDUNE AND OTHER POEMS Crown 8vo, cloth, price 2s. 6d.

BRIEFLESS BALLADS AND LEGAL LYRICS

SECOND SERIES

BY JAMES WILLIAMS

"You will think a lawyer has as little business with poetry as he has with justice. Perhaps so. I have been too partial to both." THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK, in Melincourt

LONDON ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK 1895

[ All Rights Reserved ]

Transcriber's Note:

Hyphenation has been standardised. Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. The oe ligature is represented by [oe].

CONTENTS

(The First Series was published anonymously in 1881, and is now out of print. Some of the following pieces have already appeared in periodicals.)

PAGE JUSTINIAN AT WINDERMERE 9 A VISION OF LEGAL SHADOWS 15 THE SQUIRE'S DAUGHTER 21 HER LETTER IN CHAMBERS 25 LAW AND POETRY 27 SOMEWHERE 30 ROMAN LAW 34 BOLOGNA 36 A GARDEN PARTY IN THE TEMPLE 37 THE SPINNING HOUSE OF THE FUTURE 41 HOW WE FOUND OUR VERDICT 44 A GREEK LIBEL 47 LE TEMPS PASSÉ 50 LAWN TENNIS IN THE TEMPLE GARDENS 52 A BALLADE OF LOST LAW 53 COM[OE]DIA JURIS 56

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