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Solitude ©

 

Standing here on top of a hill

I can look west and east ,

And feast my eyes if I look up

Face of heaven, what a bliss

 

I am a man! And here I am !

Never close knit in humanity than now

I have left men of my ilk

Far below to pillage and bilk!

 

 

Standing here on top of a hill

I can hear the patter of their drift:

Why lie, why dissemble

Their smiles always cast a chill!

 

I am a man! And here I am !

Never close knit in humanity than now

I have left men of my ilk

Far below to pillage and bilk!

 

From up here on top of a hill

Clouds merrily roll along

No confederation

Of nations there! What a bliss!

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W.C. FIELDS (U.S.) (1879  –  1946)
Filmactor.

The comedy of W.C. Fields was – and remains the ultimate in screen misanthropy.
He genuinely disliked and distrusted most people – especially bankers. cops, wives, mothers in law, children, animals and negroes.
Throughout 42 films (of which only 32 are extant) he waged war on a world which he felt with some justice had done him wrong.
He was born William Claude (a name he loathed) and fled home when he was 12 having knocked his father out cold in the barn. He became a superb juggler, touring the world and then entered the films with Sally of the Sawdust. He made two reelers for Mack Sennett, then with infinite guile negotiated with Paramount, which installed him as writer, star and unoffical director of a number of brilliant malevolent comedies, which include ‘It’s a gift’ and ‘The man on the flying Trapeze’. His languid rasping delivery was unique. Fields was a conman of genius out to bilk the society which habitualy cheated the lesser men. He feared death ‘that fellow in the bright night gown’. Unto his last he remained true to his mask. Visitors waiting at the bed of the dying man for the pickings, got spitted up. He died on a day for which he had a life-long distaste, for its sentimentality and synthetic good cheer – Christmas Day.
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