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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. VI–IX: British
 
Lord Erskine’s Simile
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)
 
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?        5
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.
 
 
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