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First Line: In koln, a town of monks and bones
Last Line: Shall henceforth wash the river rhine?
Variant Title(s): Epigram;expectoration The Second
Subject(s): Cologne, Germany; Hate; Smells; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances

IN Koln, a town of monks and bones,
And pavements fanged with murderous stones,
And rags, and hags, and hideous wenches, --
I counted two-and-seventy stenches,
All well-defined and several stinks!
Ye nymphs that reign o'er sewers and sinks,
The river Rhine, it is well known,
Doth wash your city of Cologne;
But tell me, nymphs! what power divine
Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?

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