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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Poems: 1713–17
Epigram on the Toasts of the Kit-Cat Club
 
Anno 1716

WHENCE deathless ‘Kit-cat’ took its name,
  Few critics can unriddle:
Some say from ‘Pastrycook’ it came,
  And some, from ‘cat’ and ‘fiddle.’
 
From no trim Beaux its name it boasts,        5
  Gray Statesmen, or green wits;
But from this pellmell pack of Toasts
  Of old ‘cats’ and young ‘kits.’
 
 
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