BOIL IT DOWN
Whatever yen have to say, my frieni Whether witty, or grave, or gay— Condense as much as ever yon oan, And say m the readiest way ; And whether you write on rural affairs, Or particular things m town, Jast a word of kindly advice, my friend— Boil it down. For when 70a go spluttering over a page, When a couple of Hues would do, Yonr butter is spread bo xnuoh, you Bee, That the bread looks plainly through, Bo when you have a story to tell, And would like a little renown, To make quite sure of your wiah, my friend — Boil it down. When writing an article for the Press, Whether prose or verse, just try %} utter jour thoughts ia the fewest words, And let it be crisp and dry ; And when it is finished and yon suppoie It is done up exaotly brown, Joit look it over onoe more, and then— Boil it down. For editors do not like to print #h article lazily long ; And the general reader does not oare For a couple of yards ol song, Bo gather your wits m the Btnallest space, If you'd win the author's crown, And every time that you write, my friend— - Boil it down. Exchange.
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BOIL IT DOWN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2025, 31 December 1888
BOIL IT DOWN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2025, 31 December 1888
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