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The Puzzler
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The Celt in all his variants from Builth to Ballyhoo,
His mental processes are plain–one knows what he will do,
And can logically predicate his finish by his start:
But the English–ah, the English!–they are quite a race apart.

Their psychology is bovine, their outlook crude and rare;
They abandon vital matters to be tickled with a straw;
But the straw that they were tickled with–the chaff that
they were fed with–
They convert into a weaver’s beam to break their foeman’s head

For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State,
They arrive at their conclusions–largely inarticulate.
Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none;
But sometimes, in a smoking-room, one learns why things were

In telegraphic sentences, half swallowed at the ends,
They hint a matter’s inwardness–and there the matter ends.
And while the Celt is talking from Valencia to Kirkwall,
The English–ah, the English!–don’t say anything at all!