The Kingdom of Bombay

‘All classes and creeds are alike interested in a policy
(the transfer of Sind from the jurisdiction of the Bombay
Government to the Punjab) which strikes a mortal blow
at the future growth and prosperity of the Kingdom of Bombay’
—Times of India, April 5th.


Who are they that bluff and blow among the mud-banks of their harbour?
Making mock of Upper India where the High Gods live alway?
Grey rats of Prince’s Dock—more dull than oysters of Colaba—
Apes of Apollo Bunder—yea, bacilli of Back Bay!

                                                                                                     Swinburne (adapted)