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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)

Lord Erskine’s Simile

LORD ERSKINE, at woman presuming to rail,

Called a wife a tin canister tied to one’s tail;

And fair Lady Anne, while this raillery he carries on,

Seems hurt at his lordship’s degrading comparison.

But wherefore degrading, if taken aright?

A canister’s useful and polished and bright,

And if dirt its original purity hide,

’Tis the fault of the puppy to whom it is tied.