An Impromptu Verse By Theodore Hook


English writer Theodore Hook (1788-1841) was notorious for his propensity for practical jokes. Aside from that, he liked to come up with humorous rhymes on the spot and recite them to everyone present. One time, while conversing with other guests during a party, someone informed Hook that a tax collector named Mr. Winter had arrived there to collect the taxes. Without missing a beat, he said the following:

Here comes Mr. Winter, collector of taxes,
I advise you to pay him whatever he axes;
I advise you to give it without any flummery,
Though for his name’s Winter, his actions are summary.


The Dollar Magazine, Vol. 1, July 1841

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