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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29

Professor Rankine's Songs and Fables

Professor Rankine's Songs and Fables.

And on the mountain's heathy side
The fresh'ning breeze inhale—
The wail of Cassandra is well sung
"With furnace fierce in forge and mill,
And steamships on the foam,
And trains that sweep through vale and hill,
And roaring fires at home;
In warmth and wealth while we rejoice,
Nor heed the risk we run,
Geology, with warning voice,
Says, 'Coal will soon be done,'" &c.
The moral is good and true,
"Cheer up each valiant soul!
While Britain can breed British man
We never need care for coal!"
A nation does not really prosper on coal, but on "worth and valour."
"So beautiful and elegant, so full of grace and suavity,"
Cannot be said of colonial women generally.