The Picton – a cautionary rhyme

The PICTON.

A Cautionary Rhyme by Maud Budden

You can’t make a noise in the Picton,
They won’t stand a clatter or brawl.
You must ask for your books
With intelligent looks
Or you won’t get a volume at all.

You can sing in the city Museum,
You can prattle away to the seal,
You can welcome the sight
Of each mummified fright
With a perfectly natural squeal

But you can’t make a noise in the Picton,
You can’t even splutter or choke.
If you ventured a cough
It might blow the dome off
And that would be more than a joke.

You can go the hall called St George’s
When students are getting degrees,
And can rupture your throat
With your shrillest top-note
And holler as much as you please.

But you can’t make a noise in the Picton,
Each sound is as bad as a sin.
Mr Parry looks bleak
If he hears a book creek
And he frowns at the fall of a pin.

You can laugh in the Walker Art building,
And shout with exuberant fun,
You can set up a whine
At the works on the line,
A thing which is frequently done.

But you can’t make a noise in the Picton,
Of that there is never a doubt,
And if you should walk
Through the entrance and talk
You’d be Picton and promptly pushed out!

As published in The Liverpolitan, October 1932

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