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THE ELECTIONS

TO

THE HEBDOMADAL COUNCIL.

 

'NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT.'[1]


 

'Heard ye the arrow hurtle in the sky?
Heard ye the dragon-monster's deathful cry?'—
Excuse this sudden burst of the Heroic;
The present state of things would vex a Stoic!
And just as Sairey Gamp, for pains within,
Administered a modicum of gin,
So does my mind, when vexed and ill at ease,
Console itself with soothing similes.
The 'dragon-monster' (pestilential schism!)
I need not tell you is Conservatism;
The 'hurtling arrow' (till we find a better)
Is represented by the present Letter.

  1. Dr. Wynter, President of St. John's, one of the recently elected Conservative members of Council.