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Recipe for salad (poem)

Recipe for a Salad

by Sydney Smith

To make this condiment, your poet begs
The pounded yellow of two hard-boiled eggs;
Two boiled potatoes, passed through kitchen-sieve,
Smoothness and softness to the salad give;
Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,
And, half-suspected, animate the whole.
Of mordant mustard add a single spoon,
Distrust the condiment that bites so soon;
But deem it not, thou man of herbs, a fault,
To add a double quantity of salt.
And, lastly, o’er the flavored compound toss
A magic soup-spoon of anchovy sauce.
Oh, green and glorious! Oh, herbaceous treat!
‘T would tempt the dying anchorite to eat;
Back to the world he’d turn his fleeting soul,
And plunge his fingers in the salad bowl!
Serenely full, the epicure would say,
Fate can not harm me, I have dined to-day!

“Recipe for a Salad” by Sydney Smith. Public domain.

 

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3 comments on “Recipe for salad (poem)

  1. kera
    September 2, 2014

    I just heard this on the Writer’s Almanac! Great poem! Makes me want to rethink my boring favorites lyrically.

    Like

  2. kera
    September 2, 2014

    I just heard this on the Writer’s Almanac! Great poem! Makes me want to rethink my boring favorites lyrically…

    Like

    • lisabanu
      September 2, 2014

      I know! Try writing the poem and post it! We should all re-think our favorites lyrically.

      Like

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