Wednesday’s Piece

If I were a cassowary
On the plains of Timbuktu,
I would eat a missionary,
Cassock, band, and hymn-book too.
(Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, 1805 – 1873)

John Lentell
11th December, 1970

(c) Royal Academy of Arts; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Royal Academy of Arts; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Monday’s Piece

An act for the more effectual discouraging of the crime of adultery was sent down from the Lords. The question being put, That the Bill be read a second time – Ayes 40, Noes 51.
(House of Commons 1754)

John Lentell
9th December, 1970


Sunday’s Piece

Information, free from interest or prejudice, free from the vanity of the writer or the influence of a government, is as necessary to the human mind as pure air and water to the human body.
The Times, London, 21 September 1970
(William Rees-Mogg, 1928 – 2012)

John Lentell
8th December, 1970


Saturday’s Piece

To this Bill Mr. Zacharias Locke began to speak, but, for very fear shook, so that he could not proceed, but stood still for a while, and at length sat down.
(House of Commons reporter, 1601)

John Lentell
7th December, 1970

house of commons 1601

Friday’s Piece

What thing is love? – for (well I wot) love is a thing,
It is a prick, it is a sting,
it is a pretty, pretty thing;
It is a fire, it is a coal
Whose flame creeps in at every hole!
(George Peele, 1556 – 1596)

John Lentell
6th December, 1970

George Peele

Wednesday’s Piece

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.

(Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879–1972)

John Lentell
5th December, 1970


Sunday’s Piece

“When people’s ill, they comes to I,
I physics, bleed, and sweats ’em;
Sometimes they live, sometimes they die.
What’s that to I? I lets ’em.”
(J.C. Lettsom, 1744 – 1815)

John Lentell
2nd December, 1970

M0008983 Portrait of J. C. Lettsom Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images - Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Saturday’s Piece

“Have you heard of the terrible family They,

And the dreadful venomous things They say?

Why, half of the gossip under the sun,

If you trace it back, you will find begun

In that wretched House of They.”

(Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850 – 1919)

John Lentell

1st December, 1970

ella wheeler wilcox