From Harvard the gift of the Niall
Approaches with crocodile smile.
To contemplate him
Is to think of the hymn:
“And only the human is vile.”


Update: A British reader corrects my pronunciation of Niall (should sound like neel). All I can say in my own defense is that I had an Irish boyfriend once who pronounced it nile. (At least that’s how I recall it – it’s been a long time.) I’m also rebuked here:

Niall pronounce Nile is an Anglification of the name and it takes the heritage out of the name

Gevalt. Excuse me.

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5 Responses to “Limerick”

  1. Van L. Hayhow Says:

    He really, really doesn’t like Keynes. Some people think Keynes book on the Economic Consequences of the Peace is his best. They should read Chapter 14 of Ferguson’s The Pity of War where he eviscerates Keynes book and his activism in encouraging Germany not to pay reparations. Of course, he had the benefit of hindsight and none of this is to excuse his incredibly stupid comments.

  2. Dave Stone Says:

    Couldn’t quite get a limerick to work on first try, so I took a shot at a double dactyl. Had to force the stresses just a bit, but dactyls are tough.

    Hodomite Sodomite
    Niall C. D. Ferguson
    Rubbishes Keynes for his
    Childless Life.

    “Lacking some Kids make you
    Dumb, and so _I_ put my

    Three in good Hands, when I
    Dumped my first Wife.”

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Dave: Good one. I considered writing my limerick from exactly the same angle – the gay divorcee, call it…

  4. Roger Ward Says:

    It would seem to me that “tak(ing) the heritage out of” Niall would perfectly suit Ferguson given his views on the merits of the English Empire.

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Not to mention this.

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