Ballads in Blue China

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Author: Andrew Lang

PARTANT POUR LA SCRIBIE.
[Scribie, on the north-east littoral of Bohemia, is the land of stage conventions. It is named after the discoverer, M. Scribe.]

A pleasant land is Scribie, where
The light comes mostly from below,
And seems a sort of symbol rare
Of things at large, and how they go,
In rooms where doors are everywhere
And cupboards shelter friend or foe.

This is a realm where people tell
Each other, when they chance to meet,
Of things that long ago befell -
And do most solemnly repeat
Secrets they both know very well,
Aloud, and in the public street!

A land where lovers go in fours,
Master and mistress, man and maid;
Where people listen at the doors
Or ’neath a table’s friendly shade,
And comic Irishmen in scores
Roam o’er the scenes all undismayed:

A land where Virtue in distress
Owes much to uncles in disguise;
Where British sailors frankly bless
Their limbs, their timbers, and their eyes;
And where the villain doth confess,
Conveniently, before he dies!

A land of lovers false and gay;
A land where people dread a "curse;"
A land of letters gone astray,
Or intercepted, which is worse;
Where weddings false fond maids betray,
And all the babes are changed at nurse.

Oh, happy land, where things come right!
We of the world where things go ill;
Where lovers love, but don’t unite;
Where no one finds the Missing Will -
Dominion of the heart’s delight,
Scribie, we’ve loved, and love thee still!

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Chicago: Andrew Lang, "Partant Pour La Scribie. [Scribie, on the North-East Littoral of Bohemia, Is the Land of Stage Conventions. It Is Named After the Discoverer, M. Scribe.]," Ballads in Blue China, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Ballads in Blue China (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZAXIEJ83FDSRZK.

MLA: Lang, Andrew. "Partant Pour La Scribie. [Scribie, on the North-East Littoral of Bohemia, Is the Land of Stage Conventions. It Is Named After the Discoverer, M. Scribe.]." Ballads in Blue China, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Ballads in Blue China, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZAXIEJ83FDSRZK.

Harvard: Lang, A, 'Partant Pour La Scribie. [Scribie, on the North-East Littoral of Bohemia, Is the Land of Stage Conventions. It Is Named After the Discoverer, M. Scribe.]' in Ballads in Blue China, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Ballads in Blue China, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZAXIEJ83FDSRZK.