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Harry Graham

in The United Kingdom
December 23, 1874

October 30, 1936


Harry Graham was the second son of Sir Henry Graham, KCB (1842–1930), Clerk of the Parliaments, and his first wife, Lady Edith Elizabeth Gathorne-Hardy, who died two weeks after Harry's birth. His elder brother Ronald was in the diplomatic service, becoming Ambassador to Italy from 1921 to 1933.

Graham was educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and he joined the Coldstream Guards in 1893. From 1898 to 1901 and again between 1902 and 1904 he served as aide-de-camp to Lord Minto, the Governor-General of Canada. In the intervening year, he served in the Boer War, later publishing 'Ballads of the Boer War' in 1902.

His first book 'Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes', written and illustrated by himself, was published under the

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“Little Willie, full of glee,
Put radium in grandma's tea.
Now he thinks it quite a lark
To see her shining in the dark.”
Harry Graham, Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes

“It is Never Too Late to Mend."

Since it can never be too late
To change your life, or else renew it,
Let the unpleasant process wait
Until you are compelled to do it.
The State provides (and gratis too)
Establishments for such as you.

Remember this, and pluck up heart,
That, be you publican or parson,
Your ev'ry art must have a start,
From petty larceny to arson;
And even in the burglar's trade,
The cracksman is not born, but made.

So, if in your career of crime,
You fail to carry out some "coup",
Then try again a second time,
And yet again, until you do;
And don't despair, or fear the worst,
Because you get found out at first.

Perhaps the battle will not go,
On all occasions, to the strongest;
You may be fairly certain tho'
That He Laughs Last who laughs the Longest.
So keep a good reserve of laughter,
Which may be found of use hereafter.

Believe me that, howe'er well meant,
A Good Resolve is always brief;
Don't let your precious hours be spent
In turning over a new leaf.
Such leaves, like Nature's, soon decay,
And then are only in the way.

The Road to—-well, a certain spot,
(A Road of very fair dimensions),
Has, so the proverb tells us, got
A parquet-floor of Good Intentions.
Take care, in your desire to please,
You do not add a brick to these.

For there may come a moment when
You shall be mended willy-nilly,
With many more misguided men,
Whose skill is undermined with skilly.
Till then procrastinate, my friend;
"It Never is Too Late to Mend!”
Harry Graham, Perverted Proverbs: A Manual of Immorals for the Many