|Anonymous portrait of a scholar or preacher
1529, public domain Wikimedia
Walters Art Museum
Working on a novel set some centuries ago, and I'm trying to figure out if I made these lines up in imitation of certain seventeenth-century poets (who? Butler?), or whether it is, indeed, a seventeenth-century couplet, maybe something like the tetrameter Hudibras:
To find if woman owns a soul
Requires a lens and puissant thole.*
I might have made it up. Quite possibly I did.
Or it might be Hudibras. But I don't have time to read the whole thing and find out. Because it might be something else. Or me.
But does it seem familiar to anybody?
Who knows? You would think that I would know, but I don't. Alas. I'm good at making up things but not always good at storage!
Picture: see caption. Wrong century, great hat...
*Ooops, I hate autocorrect! THOLE, autocorrect, THOLE!