Songs of a Desert Optimist: Poems of Burma by J.M. Symns in 1894
From the Colonial Library of Dignified Irreverence
The Colonial Library of Dignified Irreverence is devoted to the lighter sides of past, and occasionally current, life East of Suez. The series is of questionable literary merit. Various sizes. These travelling companions are well dressed, bound as they are in imperial khaki, solid enough to withstand the roughest Himalayan trek or most strenuous journey on a cruise liner in the Pacific. Hardcover (HC) with gold stamped cover, gilt edges, bookmark and shiraza. Bound to amuse. Limited editions.
Songs of a Desert Optimist: Poems of Burma. thirty-nine poems published originally in Punch and the Rangoon Gazette, including groups of poems on Burma, Simla and 'Songs of the Services'.
Out of the gloom of grit and grey
Out of the fog and the cold
Ye shall pass to a land where the peacocks play
In a garden of green and gold;
Where big blue butterflies haunt the glades
And the snow-white egret dreams,
And rubies are found by nut-brown maids
Wading in orange streams......
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