Snuffers and shears

erasure of a page from Pepys' diary

[Being captain, I leave late,
and—a game grown great and very tame—
with a pair of snuffers and a pair of shears
I see the small pox home.]

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 11 January 1659/60

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