Vyld venymous viper, wanthreivinest of thingis,
Half ane elf, half ane aip, of nature denyit,
Thow flyttis and thow freittis, thou fartis and thow flingis;
Bot this bargane, unbeist, deir sall thow buy it . . .
I can schaw how, whair and what begate thee;
Whilk wes nather man nor wyf,
Nor humane creature on lyf;
Fals stinkand steirer up of stryf ,
Hurkland howlat, have at thee]
Might not an ideal venue for metric cudgelling be the courtyard of Edinburgh's Assembly Hall, under the eagle eye and raised forearm of John Knox, himself a dab hand at invective.
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