1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Reginald Heber

Anonymous, "Epigram" The Literary Gazette (7 August 1819) 508.



The following, said to be from the pen of the author of Palestine, was circulated in MS. some years since in the University in Oxford. It was occasioned by the elopement and marriage of a daughter of one of the Professors with her father's footman; the lady, whose name was "Arabella," choosing this step, rather than be constrained to recevie the addresses of an elderly gentleman, who from a peculiarity in his gait, was nicknamed Dr. Toe.

'Twixt foot-man and Dr. Toe
A rivalship befel,
Which should prove the favoured beau,
To bear away the Belle.
The foot-man won the lady's heart,
And who can blame her? no man.
The whole prevail'd against a part,
'Twas foot-man versus Toe-man.