Light-headed





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

portmanteau, and consequently borrowed one from his lordship. Before

retiring to rest, he sat down to study, as was his common practice,

having first put on the cap, and was shortly after alarmed by finding it

in flames; he immediately collected the burnt remains, and returned

them with the following lines:--



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,

Is sure to be instantly in it.





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