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The acid tongue with gourmet's expertise
His nasal ecstasy beats best Cologne
The Turks said just take anything you please
And empty cages show life's bird has flown
O Parthenon you hold the charger's strings
Nought can the mouse's timid nibbling stave
They both are right not unformed smatterings
For burning bushes never fish forgave
The fasting fakir doesn't smell the less
Shallots and sharks'fins face the smould'ring log
Socrates watched his hemlock effervesce
Southern baroque's seductive dialogue
Suits lisping Spanish tongues for whom say some
For Europe's glory while Fate's harpies strum


Raymond Queneau

Translation to English by Stanley Chapman
found in "Oulipo Compendium"
Atlas 1998, ISBN 0-947757-96-1

Idea and implementation by Magnus Bodin 1997
Produced in the wonderful country of Sweden.