Hernani by George Meredith

Cistercians might crack their sides
With laughter, and exemption get,
At sight of heroes clasping brides,
And hearing–O the horn! the horn!
The horn of their obstructive debt!

But quit the stage, that note applies
For sermons cosmopolitan,
Hernani. Have we filched our prize,
Forgetting . . .? O the horn! the horn!
The horn of the Old Gentleman!

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