Quotation by Ben Jonson

Hail, hail, plump paunch, O the founder of taste
For fresh meats, or powdered, or pickle, or paste;
Devourer of broiled, baked, roasted or sod,
And emptier of cups, be they even or odd;
All which have now made thee so wide i' the waist
As scarce with no pudding thou art to be laced;
But eating and drinking until thou dost nod,
Thou break'st all thy girdles, and break'st forth a god.
Ben Jonson (1572–1637), British dramatist, poet. Hymn (l. 17–24). . .

The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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