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Short poem

Tom Brown (ca. 1663-1704)

Doctor Fell

              1Doctor Fell
              2I do not love thee, Doctor Fell.
              3The reason why, I cannot tell;
              4But this I know, and know full well,
              5I do not love thee, Doctor Fell.


5] Dr. John Fell, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and later Bishop of Oxford. He allegedly pardoned Brown (who was facing expulsion from Christ Church) if he could translate extemporaneously Martial's epigram 33:

Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare;
Hoc tantum posso dicere, non amo te.
to which Brown, it is said, uttered this poem.

Online text copyright © 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text:
Publication date note: The Faber Book of Epigrams & Epitaphs ed. Geoffrey Grigson (London: Faber & Faber, 1977): 69.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition:
Recent editing: 1:2004/8/6

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