I do not like thee, Doctor Fell,|
The reason why I cannot tell;
But this I know, and know full well,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.
The story is that Dr. Fell (1625-86), Dean of Christ Church, was about to expel the satirist Tom Brown, but, in the face of objections, said he would remit the sentence if Brown could translate extempore Martial's lines:|
Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare;
Hoc tantum possum dicere, Non amo te.
The above verse was the result, and has since become a byword for expressing unreasoning dislike.
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