Tuesday, January 15, 2008


A Painful Odor

Richard Ames, A Farewell to Wine. By a Quondam Friend to the Bottle, lines 62-63, in The Bacchanalian Sessions; or the Contention of Liquors: with A Farewell to Wine. By the Author of the Search after Claret, &c. To which is added A Satyrical Poem on one who had injur'd his Memory. By a Friend (London: Printed for E. Hawkins, 1693), p. 22:
Mark how it smells, methinks a real pain
Is by its odour thrown upon my brain.
This rhyming couplet could be aptly quoted in certain uncomfortable social situations, when other types of painful odors infect the atmosphere.

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