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The Eel Pie
by [?]

HOWEVER exquisite we BEAUTY find,
It satiates sense, and palls upon the mind:
Brown bread as well as white must be for me;
My motto ever is–VARIETY.

THAT brisk brunette, with languid, sleepy eye,
Delights my fancy; Can you tell me why?
The reason ‘s plain enough:–she ‘s something new.
The other mistress, long within my view,
Though lily fair, with seraph features blessed,
No more emotion raises in my breast;
Her heart assents, while mine reluctant proves;
Whence this diversity that in us moves?
From hence it rises, to be plain and free,
My motto ever is–VARIETY.

THE same in other words, I’ve often said;
‘Tis right, at times, disguise with care to spread.
The maxim’s good, and with it I agree:
My motto ever is–VARIETY.

A CERTAIN spouse the same devise had got,
Whose wife by all was thought a handsome lot.
His love, howe’er, was over very soon;
It lasted only through the honeymoon;
Possession had his passion quite destroyed;
In Hymen’s bands too oft the lover ‘s cloyed.

ONE, ‘mong his valets, had a pretty wife;
The master was himself quite full of life,
And soon the charmer to his wishes drew,
With which the husband discontented grew,
And having caught them in the very fact,
He rang his mate the changes for the act;
Sad names he called her, howsoever just,
A silly blockhead! thus to raise a dust,
For what, in ev’ry town ‘s so common found;
May we worse fortune never meet around!

HE made the paramour a grave harangue
Don’t others give, said he, the poignant pang;
But ev’ry one allow to keep his own,
As God and reason oft to man have shown,
And recommended fully to observe;
You from it surely have not cause to swerve;
You cannot plead that you for beauty pine
You’ve one at home who far surpasses mine;
No longer give yourself such trouble, pray:
You, to my help-mate, too much honour pay;
Such marked attentions she can ne’er require
Let each of us, alone his own admire.
To others’ WELLs you never ought to go,
While your’s with sweets is found to overflow;
I willingly appeal to connoisseurs;
If heav’n had blessed me with such bliss as your’s,
That when I please, your lady I could take,
I would not for a queen such charms forsake.
But since we can’t prevent what now is known,
I wish, good sir, contented with your own,
(And ’tis, I hope, without offence I speak,)
You’ll favours from my wife no longer seek.

THE master, neither no nor yes replied,
But orders gave, his man they should provide;
For dinner ev’ry day, what pleased his taste,
A pie of eels, which near him should be placed.

HIS appetite at first was wond’rous great;
Again, the second time, as much he ate;
But when the third appeared, he felt disgust,
And not another morsel down could thrust.
The valet fain would try a diff’rent dish;
‘Twas not allowed;–you’ve got, said they, your wish;
‘Tis pie alone; you like it best you know,
And no objection you must dare to show.

I’M surfeited, cried he, ’tis far too much:
Pie ev’ry day! and nothing else to touch!
Not e’en a roasted eel, or stewed, or fried!
Dry bread I’d rather you’d for me provide.
Of your’s allow me some at any rate,
Pies, (devil take them!) thoroughly I hate;
They’ll follow me to Paradise I fear,
Or further yet;–Heav’n keep me from such cheer!