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

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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

CASES MYLWARD v. WELDON 59 HAMPDEN v. WALSH 61 WILLIS v. THE BISHOP OF OXFORD 62 DASHWOOD v. JERMYN 66 EX PARTE JONES 70 FINLAY v. CHIRNEY 71 POLLARD v. PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPANY 71 THE MINNEAPOLIS CASE 73 COMMONWEALTH v. MARZYNSKI 77

TRANSLATIONS GREEK ANTHOLOGY 81 MARTIAL 89 CINO DA PISTOIA 92 PEDRO LOPEZ DE AYALA 94 PIRON 94

Interioris amat Templi jam Pegasus aulas Pieria in Medio plenior unda ruit.

Justinian at Windermere

We took a hundredweight of books To Windermere between us, Our dons had blessed our studious looks, Had they by chance but seen us.

Maine, Blackstone, Sandars, all were there, And Hallam's Middle Ages , And Austin with his style so rare, And Poste's enticing pages.

We started well: the little inn Was deadly dull and quiet, As dull as Mrs. Wood's East Lynne , Or as the verse of Wyatt.

Without distraction thus we read From nine until eleven, Then rowed and sailed until we fed On potted char at seven.

Two hours of work! We could devote Next day to recreation, Much illness springs, so doctors note, From lack of relaxation.

Let him read law on summer days, Who has a soul that grovels; Better one tale of Thackeray's Than all Justinian's novels.

At noon we went upon the lake, We could not stand the slowness Of our lone inn, so dined on steak (They called it steak) at Bowness.

We wrestled with the steak, when lo! Rose Jack in such a hurry, He saw a girl he used to know In Suffolk or in Surrey.

What matter which? to think that she Should lure him from his duty! For Jack, I knew, would always be A very slave to beauty... Continue reading book >>




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