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;to which Brown, it is said, uttered this poem.
Hoc tantum posso dicere, non amo te.
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Publication date note: The Faber Book of Epigrams & Epitaphs ed. Geoffrey Grigson (London: Faber & Faber, 1977): 69.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
Recent editing: 1:2004/8/6
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