§ Home § Search § SoupTales § Any comments?

"Receipt to make Soup: for the Use of Dean Swift"

(By Alexander Pope, 1726, written on the occasion of this soup being made to hasten Pope's own recovery from a near fatal accident--and Pope's desire then to recommend it to his friend Jonathan Swift, recently returned to Ireland)

Take a knuckle of Veal
(You may buy it, or steal),
In a few peices cut it,
In a Stewing pan put it,
Salt, pepper and mace
Must season this knuckle,
Then what's join'd to a place,
With other Herbs muckle;
That which killed King Will,
And what never stands still,
Some sprigs of that bed
Where Children are bred,
Which much you will mend, if
Both Spinage and Endive,
And Lettuce and Beet,
With Marygold meet;
Put no water at all;
For it maketh things small;
Which, lest it should happen,
A close cover clap on;
Put this pot of Wood's mettle
In a hot boiling kettle,
And there let it be,
(Mark the Doctrine I teach)
About------------let me see,-------------
Thrice as long as you preach.
So skimming the fat off,
Say Grace, with your hat off
O then, with what rapture
Will it fill Dean and Chapter!

Note: "what's join'd to a place" is celery; King William III was killed when his horse, Sorrell, stumbled; thyme, of course, "never stands still"; and the meaning of "bed where children are bred" is parsley, but I don't know why.