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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XIII: Italian—Spanish
 
The Making of Master Messerin
By Rustico di Filippo (13th Century)
 
WHEN God had finished Master Messerin,
  He really thought it something to have done:
  Bird, man, and beast had got a chance in one,
And each felt flattered, it was hoped, therein.
For he is like a goose i’ the windpipe thin,        5
  And like a camelopard high i’ the loins,
  To which for manhood, you’ll be told, he joins
Some kind of flesh hues and a callow chin.
As to his singing, he affects the crow,
As to his learning, beasts in general,        10
  And sets all square by dressing like a man.
God made him, having nothing else to do,
And proved there is not anything at all
  He cannot make, if that’s a thing He can.
 
 
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