The Rondeau of the Knock

The Rondeau of the Knock
By “DAGONET” (G. R. SIMS) in Referee, 20 Ap. p. 7.


He took the knock! No more with jaunty air 1 gave in
He’ll have the “push” that made the punter stare;
  No more in monkeys now odds on he’ll lay 2 £500
  And make the ever grumbling fielder gay.
One plunger more has had his little flare 3 opportunity
And then came to Monday when he couldn’t “square”; 4 pay up
  Stripped of his plunees a poor denuded J 5 fellow
    He took the knock!
Where is he now? Ah! echo answers “where”?
  Upon the turf he had his little day
  And when, stone-broke, he could no longer pay 6 ruined
Leaving the ring to gnash its teeth and swear
    He took the knock!


G. R. Sims (“Dagonet”) needs little introduction to present-day readers. Born in London in 1847, he was educated at Harwell College, and afterwards at Bonn. He joined the staff of Fun on the death of Tom Hood the younger in 1874, and The Weekly Despatch the same year. Since 1877 he has been a contributor to The Referee under the pseudonym of “Dagonet”. A voluminous miscellaneous writer, dramatist, poet, and novelist, M. Sims shows yet no diminution of his versatility and power.

Taken from Musa Pedestris, Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536―1896], collected and annotated by John S. Farmer.

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