Once in a theatre comic
‘Tween acts I pondered to see
On a column sculptured, wide and comic
The grinning mask of Comedy
And broad and wild in satyr-glee
The grinning face of Comedy
Ah, said I, face merry and comic
There is happiness in thee
Few faces like thine, wide-mouth’d and comic
Oh, grinning face of Comedy
Boisterously wrinkled, ugly and free
The grinning mask of Comedy
Worn, hysterical, mad, unfree
Woe-twisted face of Comedy