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Oh, happy was that humourist-the first that made a pun at all-
Who when a joke occurred to him, however poor and mean,
Was absolutely certain that it never had been done at all-
How popular at dinners must that humourist have been!
Oh, the days when some step-father for a query held a handle out,-
The door-mat from the scraper, is it distant very far?
And when no one knew where Moses was when Aaron put the candle out,
And no one had discovered that a door could be a-jar!
But your modern hearers are
In their tastes particular,
And they sneer if you inform them that a door can be a jar!
In search of quip and quiddity I've sat all day alone, apart-
And all that I could hit on as a problem was-to find
Analogy between a scrag of mutton and a Bony-part,
Which offers slight employment to the speculative mind.