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Omne epigramma sit instar apis, sit aculeus illi,
Sint sua mella, sit et corporis exigui.'

F. C. KISSENPFENNING (1656).

Three things must epigrams, like bees, have all :
A sting and honey, and a body small.'

RILEY.

'The qualities rare in a bee that we meet,

In an epigram never should fail:
The body should always be little and sweet,

And a sting should be left in its tail.'

* An epigram should be, if right,
Short, simple, pointed, keen, and bright,

A lively little thing:
Like wasp with taper body-bound
By lines-not many-neat and round,

All ending in a sting.'

ANCIENT AND MODERN:

HUMOROUS, WITTY, SATIRICAL, MORAL, AND PANEGYRICAL.

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