1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Cumberland

Anonymous, "Unde Derivatur Pic Nic?" Morning Post (4 January 1803).



Philosophers in vain their brains do twist
To find the derivation of Pic Nic,
And most of them, I think, the truth have mist,
Because their brains were dll, or skulls were thick.

The reason of the term is mighty plain;
When some of them are dead, who now are quick,
By fell disease, or feller BRIDGMAN, slain,
There will be pretty "pickings" for old "Nick."