A Bath Teashop

August 29, 2006

John Betjeman was born 100 years ago – 28 August 1906. To celebrate, A Bath Teashop:

“Let us not speak, for the love we bear one another—
Let us hold hands and look.”
She such a very ordinary little woman;
He such a thumping crook;
But both, for a moment, little lower than the angels
In the teashop’s ingle-nook.

He could be cutting, too: From In Westminster Abbey:

Although dear Lord I am a sinner,
I have done no major crime;
Now I’ll come to Evening Service
Whensoever I have the time.
So, Lord, reserve for me a crown,
And do not let my shares go down.

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