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Thread #32049 Message #3840877
Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Feb-17 - 08:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Ode to the Four-Letter Word
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ode to the Four-Letter Word
There's an excerpt from a slightly different version in Elizabethan Popular Culture, by Leonard R.N. Ashley (Popular Press, 1988), page 135:
When Nature is calling, plain speaking is out,
When ladies (God bless 'em) are milling about.
You may piddle, make water, or empty the glass.
You can powder your nose, even "Johnny" can pass,
Shake the dew off the lily. See man about dog.
When everyone's soused it's condensing the fog.
But please to remember, if you would know bliss,
That only in Shakespeare do characters piss.