2I do not love thee, Doctor Fell.
3The reason why, I cannot tell;
4But this I know, and know full well,
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. Back to Line
Hoc tantum posso dicere, non amo te.
The Faber Book of Epigrams & Epitaphs ed. Geoffrey Grigson (London: Faber & Faber, 1977): 69.
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