World: Taxing Couplets

A. P. Herbert, British wit, last week felt the pinch a bit. His income tax for '58 he dutifully had paid the state. Demands for £85 more made the noted author roar:

Dear Bankers, PAY the undermentioned hounds The shameful sum of FIVE-AND-EIGHTY POUNDS.

By "hound," of course, by custom one refers To SPECIAL (INCOME TAX} COMMISSIONERS . . .

This is the second lot of tax, you know, On money that I earned two years ago (The shark, they say, by no means Nature's knight, Will rest contented with a single bite: The barracuda, who's a fish more fell, Comes back and...

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