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DR. BURNEY, who wrote the celebrated anagram on Lord Nelson, after his
victory of the Nile, Honor est a Nilo (Horatio Nelson), was shortly
after on a visit to his lordship, at his beautiful villa at Merton. From
his usual absence of mind, he neglected to put a nightcap into his
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Take your nightcap again, my good lord, I desire,
I would not retain it a minute;
What belongs to a Nelson, wherever there's fire,
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