Occasioned by the magnitude of the task of illustrating
the Morte Darthur
There was a young man with a salary,
Who had to do drawings for Malory;
When they asked
him for more,
He replied: “Why?
You’ve enough as it is for a gallery.”
¶ 1893. Said to have been extemporised one morning,
while Beardsley was still in bed, when J. M. Dent called to chivvy
his young protégé for a batch of urgently-required
designs for the book.