‘And what do you mean to be?’
The kind old Bishop said
As he took the boy on his ample knee…

‘I want to be a Consumer,’
The bright-haired lad replied
As he gazed up into the Bishop’s face
In innocence open-eyed.
‘I’ve never had aims of a selfish sort,
For that, as I know is wrong,
I want to be a Consumer, Sir, And help the word along.

‘I want to be a Consumer
And work both night and day,
For that is the thing that’s needed most,
I’ve heard Economists say.
I won’t just be a Producer,
Like Bobby and James and John;
I want to be a Consumer, Sir,
And help the nation on.’

–Patrick Barrington
Punch, April 25 193, p. 467

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