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The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 17/Epigram on the Toasts of the Kit-Cat Club

EPIGRAM

ON THE TOASTS OF THE KIT-CAT CLUB.

ANNO 1716.

WHENCE deathless Kit-Cat took its name,
Few criticks can unriddle:
Some say from pastrycook it came,
And some, from cat and fiddle.
From no trim beaux its name it boasts,
Gray statesmen, or green wits;
But from this pellmell pack of toasts
Of old cats and young kits.