Silken, dilated shades of ashen gray,
Play drum and pipe to this longwinded day
The moments reduced to revelries worth
Grand smile sends warning for Damocles derth
A breath of pale sentience and politick's lack
Paints sorrow as judgement, and cups fill'd black.

Pre*ten"tious (?), a. [Cf. F. pr'etentieux. See Pretend.]

Full of pretension; disposed to lay claim to more than is one's; presuming; assuming.

-- Pre*ten"tious*ly, adv. -- Pre*ten"tious*ness, n.

 

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