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Document Title: MacCracken (Parody on Tennyson's 'Kraken')
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1853
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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M cCracken, by D G Rossetti

  • Getting his pictures, like his supper, cheap,
  • Far far away in Belfast by the sea,
  • His watchful one-eyed uninvaded sleep
  • Mac Cracken sleepeth. While the PRB
  • Must keep the shady side, he walks a swell
  • Through spungings of perennial growth & height:
  • And far away in Belfast out of sight,
  • By many an open do and secret sell,
  • Fresh daubers he makes shift to scarify
  • 10 And fleece with pliant shears the slumbering green.
  • There he has lain lied, though aged, and will lie,
  • Fattening on ill got pictures in his sleep,
  • Till some Præ-Raphael prove for him too deep.
  • Then once by Hunt & Ruskin to be seen,
  • Insolvent he shall turn & in the Queen's Bench die.
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