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First Line: The french ambassador had been to wait
Last Line: The upper rooms are furnish'd worst of all.
Subject(s): Size & Shape

THE French Ambassador had been to wait
On James the First, in equipage of state:
Bacon was by; to whom the king began—
"Well now, my lord, what think you of the man?"
He's a tall proper person, sir, said he—
"Aye," said the king, "that any one may see;
"But what d'ye think of head-piece in the case?
"Is he a proper person for his place?"
My lord, who thought he was not, I suppose,
Gave him this answer, as the story goes—
Tall men are oft like houses that are tall;
The upper rooms are furnish'd worst of all.

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