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Plate 18: England Beef and French Soup-Meagre

   
 
 


Publish'd as the Act Directs, June 1773

7 3/4"w x 5"h

               
   
 

From "The EXPLANATION OF THE PLATES in the Book of Heads entitled
HUMAN PASSIONS DELINEATED": PLATE 18

   
 

H

ERE English beef and pudding lolls at ease,
Whilst French soup-meagre dupes him in the peace ;

Wild Scotch instructions in side-pocket's cramm'd,
To see, and know them, is by Monsieur claim'd
Who loads his paunch with wine ; he chinks his gold ;
And thus at Paris we were bought and sold !
And seventeen hundred and sixty-two will stand
A pyramid 'mongst blunders of this land !
   Awake thou sluggard, stand thy country's friend,
And to this adage carefully attend :
   "Fat bellies make lean pates, and dainty bits
   "Enrich the ribs, but bankrupt quite the wits."

   
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