Sunday, May 20, 2012

desperate knife … / Into the pasty plunged

But first the fuel’d chimney blazes wide;
The tankards foam; and the strong table groans
Beneath the smoking sirloin, stretch’d immense
From side to side; in which, with desperate knife,
They deep incision make, and talk the while
Of England’s glory, ne’er to be defaced
While hence they borrow vigour: or amain
Into the pasty plunged, at intervals,
If stomach keen can intervals allow,
Relating all the glories of the Chase.
Then sated Hunger bids his brother Thirst
Produce the mighty bowl; the mighty bowl,
Swell’d high with fiery juice, …

Thomson, from “Autumn” of The Seasons; subsequent scene voided