♦ — From Russian steppes the fiend hath come— Oh would that he had stayed " to hum " (Yexatio extenta); Nor gripped a whole world in hia claws, And given the universe a cause To curse the Influenza 1 What makes my wish the more sincere Is that the fiend's already here ( Oftensio immensa) ; And I that pen these shaky lines Am victim to the fell designsAlas J—of Influenza. 11 La Grippe" hath seized upon my frame And set my pulses all aflame, Eheu ! the influenza ! My head is hot, my throat is sore, It really is a dreadful bore, I've got the Influenza. f "J*i ■. ■ • My very legs are getting weak, It s really quite a task to speak— Disjecta men sensa', I'm too much "all abroad " to think, I cannot eat, but only drink A bat the Influenza 1 I cannot rest, I cannot read I'm nearly blind, I am indeed— Crescendo and cadenza " Ah—tish ?"" Ah tish," "Ah tishu" - goes The ceaseless trumpet of my nose That's blown by Influenza. I try to sleep—'tis all in vain, The titillation comes again Of fiendish influenza, And sneeze, "and sneeze, and sneeze I must (Excuse the Matsonese) " or bust" T'would almost make to swear the just This horrid Influenza. My handkerchief's my only friend i No drug seems able to amend This wretched influenza, I really don't know what to do Aht—chew ! Aht chew !! Ah — t chew!!! Ah 1 chew !!! ! Confound the Influenza! " W.J.S.
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THE INFLUENZA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2392, 3 April 1890
THE INFLUENZA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2392, 3 April 1890
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