Lord Ali-Baba by Hilaire Belloc

[Ali-Baba, first (and last) Baron Ali-Baba of Salonika]

Lord Ali-Baba was a Turk
Who hated every kind of work,
And would repose for hours at ease
With Houris seated on his knees.
A happy life!–Until, one day
Mossoo Alphonse Effendi Bey
(A Younger Turk: the very cream
And essence of the New Regime)
Dispelled this Oriental dream
By granting him a place at Court,
High Coffee-grinder to the Porte,
Unpaid:–In which exalted Post
His Lordship yielded up the ghost.

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