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Poem ‘Accipe dum Dolens’ sent to Edward Rose from his grandfather, Caleb Burrell Rose, 1865

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add. 10138/3/16

Scope and Contents

The poem reads:

The holidays are o’er,
Oh dear! What a bore,
To the idle, the stupid, and dull.
No gaiety, no fun,
No plumpudding, nor bun,
Oh cricay, it is a sad mull.

Hic hac hoc
cries the clock,
Run, run every boy to his class.
Don’t be so very fast,
Bawls the boy that is last,
Or I shall be dub’d a lazy ass.

The masters all ready
Cry steady boys steady,
At your desks be docile and mum.
Be ready with your task,
Or be sure I will ask
For the birch to tickle sharp your bum.

I’ve read your lines, so very funny;
The Bank is stop’d and has my money,
So to buy your doggerel I propose,
With the affection of C B Rose.

[The reference to money at the end of the poem is possibly referring to the bank crash of May 1866 (Overend, Gurney and Co), which deprived the Rose family of a lot of money.]


  • 1865


Conditions Governing Access

The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see

Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138


1 page(s) (1 page (2 sides))

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Repository Details

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