Impromptu By Rb Sheridan
LORD ERSKINE having once asserted, in the presence of Lady Erskine and
Mr. Sheridan, that a wife was only a tin canister tied to one's tail,
Sheridan at once presented her these lines,--
Lord Erskine at woman presuming to rail,
Calls a wife a tin canister tied to one's tail;
And fair Lady Anne, while the subject he carries on,
Seems hurt at his lordship's degrading comparison.
But wherefore degrading? Considered aright,
A canister's useful, and polished, and bright;
And should dirt its original purity hide,
'Tis the fault of the puppy to whom it is tied.