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'A Rhyme Sheet for the Bathroom' by Hugh Chesterman | 01-Jul-10

The poem starts

"Bather to this bath proceeding
Here's a rhyme that craves your reading
Be you one who lies a-dreaming
Supine, satisfied and steaming"

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"Bather to this bath proceeding
Here's a rhyme that craves your reading
Be you one who lies a-dreaming
Supine, satisfied and steaming
Or a morning cold-tub hero
Window wide and glass at zero.
Every plunger here who plunges
Should not take his choice of sponges
Swift and certain are the dangers
When a sponge is used by strangers.
Soiled son or dirty daughter
Hate the thought of tepid water.
Haply Messrs Will or Players
Help to make ablutions gayer.
If it be your will to wallow
Pray remembr those who follow!


Sorry that is all I remember, and maybe not in the correct order :)
Jane McGeoch

or a morning cold tub hero
window wide and glass at zero.
Do not fil it out of measure,
Bath's a business not a pleasure.

I ends like this:





i:
In exuberance of feeling
Do not souse the walls and ceiling
mary douglas

Mary Douglas wanted us to pass on that she remembers the poem ending like this:

Happy Messrs Wills or Players
Help to make ablutions gayer,
But do not leave on soap or chairs,
The charred remainder of their wares.

In exuberance of feeling,
Do not souse the walls and ceiling
Sing, but not with too much keenness
Adverstise your new found cleaness.
Nothing is more aggravating!
Sire or ma'm you bath is waiting.


Poetry Library

We found this on the bathroom wall of a cottage owned by my wife's grandfather in Scotland about 40 years ago. I made a copy which now hangs in our bathroom. I would love to know its origin.

"Bather to this bath proceeding
Here's a rhyme that craves your reading
Be you one who lies a-dreaming
Supine, satisfied and steaming

Or a morning cold-tub hero
Window wide and glass at zero.
Do not fill it out of measure,
Bath's a business - not a pleasure.

If it be your will to wallow,
Pray remember all who follow:
Soiled son and dirty daughter
Hate the thought of tepid water.

Every plunger here who plunges
Should not take his choice of sponges;
Swift and certain are the dangers
When a sponge is used by strangers.

Haply, Messrs Wills or Player
Help to make ablutions gayer:
But do not leave on shelves or chairs
The charred remainders of their wares.

In exuberance of feeling
Do not souse the walls and ceiling.
Sing - but don't with too much keenness
Advertise your new-found cleanness;
Nothing is more aggravating.
Sir (or Ma'am) your bath is waiting."


David Arnold

I have the framed poem as reproduced below that used to hang in my Aunt's bathroom in St Andrews in Scotland. I remember it from visiting her as a child in the 60s and since. When she died in 2011 it was the one item that I wanted to have from her house.
It simply has H.C. at the bottom as the author.
Sally Burton

My parents had this framed in their bathroom when I was a very small boy in the mid-1930s. I'm delighted to see the whole reconstructed by David Arnold - like others of your commenters I could only recall some of the couplets. Sally's aunt's copy must have been a later reissue, or else very well preserved! My parents' one failed to outlive them by several decades!
John Busbridge

My brother in law still has this in his bathroom. I'd have attached a photo but the form doesn't have that functionality built in.
Anthony Langan

I have this poem on the my wall in a red frame on yellowish paper, which means it could be old. think there might be a deeper value to this? might we have the only original copies?
Andreas Tolis

I have the printer..framed copy.
Lynda Chambers


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