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Byron Rufus Newton (1861-1938)

          Owed to New York

    Vulgar of manner, overfed,
    Overdressed and underbred,
    Heartless, Godless, hell's delight,
    Rude by day and lewd by night;
    Bedwarfed the man, o'ergrown the brute,
    Ruled by boss and prostitute:
    Purple-robed and pauper-clad,
    Raving, rotting, money-mad;
    A squirming herd in Mammon's mesh,
    A wilderness of human flesh;
    Crazed by avarice, lust and rum,
    New York, thy name's "Delirium."


Cole's Quotable New York dates the above poem to 1906. It can be found in its entirety in:
  • Woods, Ralph L., ed. A Second Treasury of the Familiar. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1955.
  • Felleman, Hazel, ed. The Best Loved Poems of the American People. Garden City, NY: Garden City Books, 1936.

    An excerpt is contained in:

  • Cole, William, ed. Quotable New York: A Literary Companion. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.