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Toast to Prince Philip

Paul Dickson, Toasts.

England's Prince Philip was toasted at a banquet once with two lines from John Dryden:

A man so various that he seem'd to beNot one, but all mankind's epitome.

The prince liked the lines so much he looked up the rest of the poem:

Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong;Was everything by starts, and nothing long:But, in the course of one revolving moon,Was chemist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.