Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Here you will find the Poem The Shakespeare Memorial of poet Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Shakespeare Memorial

Lord Lilac thought it rather rotten 
That Shakespeare should be quite forgotten, 
And therefore got on a Committee 
With several chaps out of the City, 
And Shorter and Sir Herbert Tree, 
Lord Rothschild and Lord Rosebery, 
And F.C.G. and Comyn Carr 
Two dukes and a dramatic star, 
Also a clergy man now dead; 
And while the vain world careless sped 
Unheeding the heroic name -- 
The souls most fed with Shakespeare's flame 
Still sat unconquered in a ring, 
Remembering him like anything. 

Lord Lilac did not long remain, 
Lord Lilac did not some again. 
He softly lit a cigarette 
And sought some other social set 
Where, in some other knots or rings, 
People were doing cultured things. 
-- Miss Zwilt's Humane Vivarium 
-- The little men that paint on gum 
-- The exquisite Gorilla Girl . . . 
He sometimes, in this giddy whirl 
(Not being really bad at heart), 
Remembered Shakespeare with a start -- 
But not with that grand constancy 
Of Clement Shorter, Herbert Tree, 
Lord Rosebery and Comyn Carr 
And all the other names there are; 
Who stuck like limpets to the spot, 
Lest they forgot, lest they forgot. 

Lord Lilac was of slighter stuff; 
Lord Lilac had had quite enough.