Attributed to Col. Hudson, McClellan’s Staff
THE DOMICIL ERECTED BY JOHN
Translated from the Vulgate of M. Goose
BY A. POPE
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Behold the mansion reared by daedal Jack.
See the malt stored in many a plethoric sack,
In the proud cirque of Ivan’s bivouac.
Mark how the rat’s felonious fangs invade
The golden stores in John’s pavilion laid.
Anon with velvet foot and Tarquin strides,
Subtle Grimalkin to his quarry glides,
Grimalkin grim, that slew the fierce rodent,
Whose tooth insidious Johann’s sackcloth rent!
Lo! Now the deep-mouthed canine foe’s assault
That vexed the avenger of the stolen malt,
Stored in the hallowed precincts of that hall
That rose complete at Jack’s creative call.
Here stalks the impetuous Cow with crumpled horn,
Whereon the exacerbating hound was torn,
Who bayed the feline slaughter-beast that slew
The rat predaceous, whose keen fangs ran through
The textile fibres that involved the grain,
Which lay in Hans’ inviolate domain.
Here walks forlorn the damsel crowned with rue,
Lactiferous spoils from vaccine dugs who drew,
Of that corniculate beast whose tortured horn
Tossed to the clouds, in fierce vindictive scorn,
The harrying hound, whose braggart bark and stir
Arched the lithe spine and reared the indignant fur
Of puss, that with verminicidal claw
Struck the weird rat, in whose insatiate maw
Lay reeking malt, that erst in Juan’s court we saw
Robed in a senescent garb that seems in sooth
Too long a prey to Chronos’ iron tooth
Behold the man whose amorous lips incline,
Full with young Eros’ osculative sign,
To the ‘lorn maiden whose lact-albic hands
Drew albu-lactic wealth from lacteal glands
Of that immortal bovine, by whose horn
Distort, to realms ethereal was borne
The beast catulean; vexer of that sly
Ulysses quadrupedal, who made die
The old mordacious Rat that dared devour
Antecedaneous ale In John’s domestic bower.
Lo, here, with hirsute honors doffed, succinct
Of saponaceous locks, the Priest who linked
In Hymen’s golden bands the torn unthrift
Whose means exiguous stared from many a rift
Even as he kissed the virgin all forlorn
Who milked the cow with implicated horn
Who in fine wrath the canine torturer skied
That dared to vex the insidious muricide
Who let auroreal effluence through the pelt
Of the sly rat that robbed the place Jack had built
The loud cantankerous Shanghae comes at last
Whose shouts arose the shorn ecclesiast
Who sealed the vows of Hymen's sacrament,
To him who, robed in garments indigent
Exosculates the damsel lachrymose,
The emulgator of that horned brute morose
That tossed the dog, that worried the cat, that kilt
The rat that ate the malt that lay in the house Jack built.