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.