Apologia for a Merry Rogue (excerpt) by F. W. Harvey

Rogue and drinker men call me : I am !
For abstinent virtues I care not a d—:
But from stodginess and hypocrisy,
From envy, meanness, and cruelty
May God of His grace deliver me.

F. W. Harvey is a very special poet with a unique voice from the Forest of Dean.

The above lines are my particular favourites.

If you are interested in learning more about him, please follow this link for the F. W. Harvey Society:

F.W. HARVEY SOCIETY 

If you are interested in reading more poetry from or about the Forest of Dean:

Forest of Dean Miscellany- Forest Verse

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