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      Walter Taylor, 1884-1970

      "His most prized possession was a valuable first edition of Edward Fitzgerald's translation of The Rubaiyat." --a great-nephew's recollection

      Hell for him
      was forty years of
      of serving Jax to the agricolae.
      Through endless,
      stifling afternoons and eves of
      Bogalusa's paper smells
      no Jamshyd,
      Sultan,or Mahmud
      sipped rarest wine
      from goblet there
      in his sad inn where
      Omar's verses turned into
      obscenities on toilet walls,
      where Saki always seemed to be
      a blowzy waitress wheedling dimes
      for Nashville juke-box tunes.

      For him, O friend,
      Turn down an empty glass.

      -- Warren F. O'Rourke, 1975