Did they ever consider selecting the first line of this couplet for the title of their edition?
China's use of these beasts always reminds me of a couplet I read years ago in a newspaper column.
Crabbe's thoughts ran very much in antithesis, and the couplet suited this tendency.
When he came to the couplet I have given you, what do you think he sang?
Afterwards we find that meaner quill is replaced by venal quill; and the couplet about the rival translations is suppressed.
Revolts against the couplet, then, were few and generally unsuccessful.
Yet this five-line poem ends in a couplet of intolerable obscenity.
The couplet he immediately repudiates as an enemy to fidelity.
The other was a paraphrase of a couplet in reference to our brown brothers of the Philippines first spoken in Manila.
The antics Palmer cut while delivering this couplet were truly amusing.